The 3 Primary Ways To Become An Officer

There is more than one way to make achieve your dream of attending the Service Academy. Here are the top three…

Academy vs ROTC vs Senior Military College

Selective ScholarshipCollege EnvironmentService Commitment
Academy⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Military5 years
ROTC⭐⭐⭐⭐Hybrid4 years
OCSN/ACivilian3-4 years
Sr military collegeNone (must be on ROTC scholarship)MilitaryOptional

Academy vs ROTC vs Senior Military College

AcademyROTCSr Military College
EnvironmentMilitary 24/7Hybrid military/civilian.
ROTC class is 1-3x/week & summers, immersed in
civilian institution
Military 24/7
$ CostFreeTuition-free scholarship
Living/book stipend
Private. $30-$50k
Service commitment5 years4 yearsIf on ROTC contract = 4 years
If not on ROTC contract = None

Other Options

Marine Platoon Leaders Course. Only applies for those that are already full-time college students. 

Enlisted to Officer programs.