First time poster, but long time reader. My daughter threw me a curve yesterday and I’m now scrambling to figure out how to best help her. I need to quickly understand Army ROTC, when for the last year I thought her best match was Navy ROTC. Late last night she asked me about which schools have majors in Criminology, or International Relations. This is a curve because she applied mid August to NROTC with an intended major of Biology, which subject she loves, but she is now wondering five months later if she might like those two majors more, and if they might fit her long term goals of Intelligence better. Her NROTC Officer Interviewer in late June seemed to think she had a very strong chance of being offered an NROTC scholarship. DD’s current long term goal is to serve in military intelligence, CIA, or FBI, with a less formed idea about foreign service. OK, so if she wants those careers and one of those college majors, all of a sudden Army ROTC starts to make more sense. The reason she did not apply AROTC this Fall is that her mother absolutely will not support her pursuing a career that would potentially put her in a forward deployed position where she could be captured/tortured/killed. So far her mother is not willing to compromise in this. Since I don’t know about AROTC, I’m wondering if it is possible to be commissioned as an Army Lieutenant and not be deployed to a forward position. Is it? I could use your advice on what to do today to investigate her possibly applying AROTC prior to the 10Jan11 deadline. Her nephew is a MIDN 1/C at the Academy, a Trident Scholar, and billeted into Aviation, so we know a lot about Navy, but zero about Army. Her stats: SAT M 610 SAT CR 660 GPA 3.8uw/4.0w Class rank: top 7.5% 650 SAT II Bio 540 SAT II US History AP Bio 5 2 Varsity letters Softball 10 hours of rigorous dance/wk Krav Maga (martial arts) Yearbook photography editor Lots of community service 5’3”, 145 lb, strong from gymnastics, Varsity softball, Krav Maga, and 10 hours of dance each week, but not a good distance runner Accepted EA to: Baylor (with nice merit scholarship), SMU, TCU, University of San Diego, Loyola of New Orleans. Baylor, SMU and TCU to not offer NROTC, but do offer AROTC. Deferred at: Tulane, which also offers both ROTC programs. Applied Regular Decision to the following schools that have both NROTC and AROTC units: Fordham, George Washington, Boston U, Boston College. She has also applied to Wake Forest which has only AROTC. I was thinking of trying to reach the AROTC unit commander at Baylor, SMU or TCU today to find out more about the issue of forward deployment of female officers… is this a good idea?