My son is currntly going through the AROTC Scholarship process. However, since I do not know how that will eventually play out I read about non scholarship ROTC students and the SMP. Could someone break it down and explain it to me and I also have a few SMP and ROTC questions about it that I would like to ask. 1. If my DS does not get offered an AROTC Scholarship and he enrolls in college and he still wants to be in the AROTC does he just sign up for that as a class? 2. If I am not mistaken you can only be in the SMP beginning your Sophomore year. Is that correct? 3. I have read that if you are in the SMP program that it covers 100% tuition, however, I also read that it only covers $4500 in tuition a year. So I am wondering how much tuition is actually paid under the SMP. Which is correct? 4. If my DS did decide to be in the SMP would he join Army Reserve or national Guard in the area of the college he would be attending. For example I live in MD but some of the colleges my DS is interested in are out of state. 5. Here is a scenario...what if my DS went to a community college his freshman year which did not have ROTC and then enrolled in a college that had ROTC as a sophomore and wanted to join ROTC. Would he be able to just join ROTC as a new student? and would he be allowed to be in the SMP as a soph if he was not in ROTC as a freshman? Please share any info you think will be usefull as well. Thanks.