Asking for a friend. What are the advantages of an SMC over a college AROTC program as it pertains to Army Preparation, Active Duty, and Branching and post military career? Also, this is in respect to a 4-year Army ROTC Scholarship awarded. Schools are VMI, Embry-Riddle, FL, and a State School. Price is not the diver, although for full disclosure the SMC would have the most out of pocket expense. I have also reviewed the following information that I found in other posts: SMC guarantees Active Duty and the OML math will drive the branching. Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard is determined by OML. By law an Army ROTC SMC graduate is guaranteed active duty as long as the PMS recommends them. If one completes the program successfully and honorably then I would be very confident of receiving that recommendation. In a civilian ROTC program, cadets are given an OML ranking. Based on the numbers the Army needs they'll take everyone above a certain OML number (varies each year) for active duty. Others will go guard/reserve. What else am I missing.