this question was asked of me today... why would someone want to go to a military academy and subject oneself to 4 years of "torture" and not 4 years at a civilian college doing rotc and have the "college experience" when there is no clear advantage after graduation? - meaning everyone becomes an officer. or is there? assume that everything else is on the same level - financial and the desire to serve. i know there are people that are just for academies and there are those that are just into the rotc, i want to get the opinions of those that are in between those extremes. i dont want to start a usafa vs rotc war by asking this, i just want a civilized discussion if it is possible, thanks.