My son is pursuing an 4 yr Army ROTC scholarship and is very interested in Texas A&M. I heard that they have an outstanding reputation. Before I present my questions I will give a background of my son. He scored a 29 on his ACT and has a 3.6GPA. We are from New Jersey. He is on pace for a varsity letter in football 4 total years in the football program. He volunteers at our local hospital and V.A. and also has formed two clubs at school. He is attending Boys State next week. He is seeking a career in the US Army and would like it to be in Combat Arms(Airborne Infantry). My questions. Does the fact that he is from out of state up north give him a leg up in being accepted into the university and ultimately selected into their ROTC program(strictly implying that each area seeks out of state diversity)? Is Combat Arms a much sought after branch of the Army for Texas A&M and therefore more competitive? Especially Airborne? Finally, being that there are a larger number of cadets here than in smaller schools does that mean that there would be more slots offered for specialty training as in Ranger School etc?