I have been following a couple of forums and this one seems like the friendliest and most knowledgeable so I thought I would post my questions here. I have some general questions about the AROTC program. My son was awarded a 4 year AROTC scholarship and will start at college in August. He will be studying Engineering and is super excited as it has been his dream to be an Officer in the Army since he can remember, and of course I am very proud. I live outside the USA so I am just trying to judge timing when I will get to see him over the next 4 years (not thinking beyond). He has been talking to me about the whole process but I have a hard time following (can’t keep up with the acronyms) and have lost track. I know I won’t win any mother of the year awards this year but I’m trying to follow – not being from a military background I find it overwhelming. My questions are: 1. At the end of his freshman year does he go on a camp in the summer and what is the acronym for this camp? Is it for the whole summer? 2. Does he go on a camp/training every summer? If so is it for the whole summer? Are they different camps each year i.e.: what are the acronyms? 3. He mentioned a cultural exchange program – is that in the summer or part of his degree? 4. On other college breaks (spring/winter etc) does he have the time off or can he come home? 5. After he finishes his degree does he have time off or does he go direct in active duty? 6. As he is leaving friends and family want to buy him farewell gifts, can you suggest anything that would be useful they could buy that may help him with AROTC. Not big ticket items but things like training gear, torch, sox etc. I really have no idea but potentially things that he would not have to buy himself. Thank you for your help.