Hello! I'm sure some of you are sick of this question popping in every once in a while, but I'd like my own thread to develop my own decisions. I did read the previous threads regarding this, I'd just like that extra bit of insight. When I ponder about these two pathways, both the AFA and the ROTC appeal to me. The AFA's strict 24/7 militaristic atmosphere, even though I cringe at the thought of oppressive situations, would assist with my abilities to manage time, stress, and work. The observation that AFA officers are more integrated with the Air Force, like with global engagement, BCT, and combat survival training appeals to my desire to experience the academy's experience. (I heavily cringe at the thought of combat training, but at the same time I believe it's a great asset to have). The ROTC appeals to me by its more flexible and linear approach. Education is my top priority, especially having a wide range of education at my disposal, from engineering to science to art. I'm similar to a sponge -- I have the giant desire to learn as much as possible in my lifetime. The "traditional college experience" sounds a haven for me to thrive, like a perfect niche for an animal in the wild. I love having spare time on my own, especially for my creative writing or to read about my astronomy interests. The strict traditional college environment, let's say at Stanford, gets me excited as opposed to the oppressive environment at AFA. Now, it looks like I answered my own question, that being the ROTC fits in with my personality more than the USAFA. There are many things that hold me back from partaking in ROTC. One of them are opportunities -- opportunities that only the AFA offers. Another reason is my desired alma mater; I would love to have the USAFA as my alma mater as opposed to a civilian college. The third reason is possible discrimination between ROTC and AFA officers. Seeing myself as an ROTC officer in the future, I would feel highly uncomfortable around AFA graduates because of the fact that I did not experience the same challenges the AFA graduates did. I'd feel inferior to them, that I took the "easy" way out. I'm willing to bet that I will meet at least one AFA graduate who will mock me for choosing ROTC, that I'm not a "real officer" because of it. Hopefully AFA and ROTC officers coexist in harmony, but there's some mean people out there. All rumors set aside, the ROTC is compatible with my personality but the AFA offers that rich, strict experience I would love as well, those experiences/opportunities that would give me an advantage. You can see that I have a "love/cringe" relationship with the AFA, that I would love to go to the academy but there are certain aspects to the academy that would prompt me to throw up. I also want that "eye-opener" experience, where I gain a new perspective on life and on the world, and the AFA looks ideal for that. P.S. -- I'm a Senior in high school. And it looks like it's a little too late for the AFA, but I'm at the crossroads between ROTC or AFA. I have hopes for both pathways, and every comment you offer will help drastically.