I have somewhat of a rare situation. I am a 20 yr old computer science major currently enrolled in the local community college. I was a homeschooled student in my younger years so I never attended high school. I am starting my third semester of college in January and am searching for a university to transfer to after it is over. I've always felt the call of the military (Army) ever since I was young. My father was a soldier and I would like to follow in his footsteps. I am interested in being a helicoptor pilot. My father has urged me to join the service and become a warrant officer while simultaneously going to college to get a degree. However, I don't like this idea. I know myself and I would abandon school and commit myself to working. For this reason I have decided to look at other options. I have found 2 programs that have peaked my interest. The ROTC program and the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). I am actively searching for universities that offer a good program for my major in addition to a good army ROTC program. My questions are: What factors distinguish a GREAT ROTC program from just a GOOD ROTC program? How can I find information about those factors? For my particular situation, would you advise me to take an ROTC scholarship or enroll into the SMP? What are the fundamental differences between SMP and ROTC scholarship? They seem like almost the same thing to me... Would I be more likely to get an aviation commission if I attended a Senior Military School? Does the ROTC program take up ALOT of my time? Would the time taken up by ROTC activities be significant enough to hurt my grades? Does being a part of the program hinder me from doing things that normal college students do?