I'm going to be a 4 year scholarship holder at an NROTC unit this fall, and I had a question about study abroad. I've always wanted to do it, but I know it's difficult as a scholarship holder (though possible). I was wondering whether anyone could point me in the right direction, here. For my major etc, I think that the best time for me to do it would be the fall of my sophomore year, but from what I've read, it's something that you should discuss with the unit about 1 year out. That would mean that I should discuss it THIS fall, without having really made an impression of myself at the unit, and I'm a bit worried about broaching that with my PNS with only a couple of months of experience. Is it something to be concerned about? I know it's not a ludicrous request and that it's probably a reasonably common topic of discussion, but there's something I find a bit uncomfortable in discussing it so soon. Incidentally, I was also wondering about how exactly the process works. As most of the programs at my university require me to take a leave of absence from college, I assume that it will be taking a leave of absence from my unit. Is this correct? Am I applying for permission to study abroad or permission to take a leave of absence? Thanks for your assistance.