I am currently a RAT (freshmen) at VMI, and am reapplying to USMA to be a part of the Class of 2018. I am on a four year army ROTC scholarship at VMI and am excelling at the school. However, my family is very persistent that I attend USMA as a plebe. Granted, I have not been offered an appointment to USMA yet, but the ROTC department at VMI says that they are confident that I am going to have to make a decision. I was wondering if someone with experience either at USMA or VMI can give me advice on the pros and cons of leaving or staying at VMI versus going to USMA. Being a rat, it is hard to try and and make a list seeing as I do not really know what VMI has in store for my future, since we just strain and do push-ups. I am in love with VMI, but attending USMA has always been a dream of mine, so I am very conflicted. My main goal however is to be an army officer, I just need to figure out what is best means for myself to achieve that goal. Thank you!