This may be a dumb question so bear with me. My son wants to be a USCG officer - specifically a helicopter pilot. He has applied to the USCGA and we feel he is competitive and we are awaiting (breathlessly) an answer. He also applied for a NROTC scholarship and to five schools that have NROTC. He has been accepted to Maine Maritime, VMI & Norwich (which gave him a huge financial package so we would not need the scholarship) This is the question: He wants to be commissioned into the USCG after graduation. It seems to me the NROTC would not want to fund his education if he wants a USCG commission. Correct? Since the USCG does not have an ROTC type program, what are his other options? He has also applied to SUNY Maritime which has a direct commssioning program to the USCG (although not in a field of his interest) I am confident he will be accepted there and we qualify for instate tuition so again we may not need the money. If he decided on VMI and they did not offer enough financial assistance, could he use the NROTC scholarship (if he gets it) because I know VMI gets a few kids a year commissioned into the USCG? It would be nice if things were a bit more streamlined but I guess all of this work trying to get into the academies builds character! Thank you all for all of the informative posts!!