Hi again, long time no see! I'm happy to announce that I'm underway in my third week of freshman college and have been loving the ROTC experience. Recently, the possibility of joining SMP has crossed my mind and has made me wonder what the advantages/disadvantages of joining would be as a Student. Since exact details on SMP are a little hazy, I figured it'd be best to ask some more knowledgeable users here. If one were to become an SMP, would I have to miss out on a semester of college to attend BCT and AIT? I've heard training can take up to 14 weeks, and I wouldn't mind spending two summers to avoid missing out on school. Also, what experience would there be to gain besides going to boot camp and drill? I am aware that there is shadowing involved with PL/COs, but are there any other major perks besides money? While drilling and money would certainly be complimentary, I would not be willing to sign up for this program if it would overwhelm my college life on top of ROTC. Lastly, how would one go about commissioning active duty if they decide to commission as an SMP? Thanks!