Now that the first round of scholarships have been awarded it will soon be time to make your school selection. This process can be stressful as you start to compare schools and ROTC programs. I have one son who is a MS3 and another that just recieved his scholarship. We are now just waiting to see which schools made the list, at this point we only know that he recieved his #1 choice. After going through the selection process with my first son and learning what we have over the last 2 1/2 years I can share some of our observations on the process. My older son had to choose between schools that had as many as 39,000 + students and schools with 10,000 students. As you can imagine the larger schools had a much larger ROTC batallion. He ened up choosing the smaller school. There is a plus and minus for each. Smaller schools: A better chance of having more leadership positions More hands on training from the cadre less competition for summer schools and internships More of a time commitment due to fewer cadets to fill duty spots Larger schools: A larger number of cadets Less time commitments due to a larger cadet class to spread the work around More competition for school spots More school spots alocated for the school The most important thing is to select a school that is right fit for you. If you feel comfortable at the school you will do better. A couple other things to consider. Don't pick a school just because you feel they have percieved tradition, remember once you graduate you will have the same gold bar on your shoulder as everyone else. While my son's school is smaller and lesser known then the more High Speed schools they have a very successful ROTC program. This year all the MS4's got either their 1st or 2nd choice branches and all that wanted active duty got it. One of our graduates finished in the to 1%, finished 1st at Infantry school and completed Ranger school No. 1 in the class than included many West Point and Military school grads. Another thing to keep in mind is whether the school counts the MS classes as school credits and if you can get a minor in Military Science. Some schools count all the MS classes as graded credit and some do not, something to check out. Don't pick a school based on the fact you liked the PMS, they change about every 2 years so the one you spent all the time talking with may not be there next year. Best of all do a lot of research on both the school and the ROTC program. And don't be fooled by the recruiting info, ROTC is a time commitment. As you move from MS1 to MS4 you will be required to spend more time with ROTC, time management will become very important. You will definatly earn your scholarship. As you all begin to make your school selections post your choice on the board, it will be nice to see where everyone is going.