Hey guys, I was recently considering the option of doing ROTC to pay for school and was wondering a few things. I don't know if this is the right place to be posting this so sorry if its in the wrong spot but here it goes: - This is the most important question: If you do ROTC in college and finish with a PhD in a science discipline like physics or a PhD in engineering what are you likely to be doing in your active duty afterwards? Are you likely to be do R&D or is there a decent chance you'll end up fighting directly (not that there's anything wrong with it and I have a lot of respect for the soldiers on the front lines, but it's not really what I want to do.). ----- sub question: which branch would you have the best chance of landing a r&d position? I was thinking air force. - I'm done with my associates degree now. I know ROTC scholarships pay for 4 years of undergrad so could I do a double major and have them pay for all of it since I've already got the first 2 years out of the way? - Will the military pay for grad school (is there additional years of service required or anything?), or at least allow you to defer commission until after grad school? - (assuming you are doing R&D in the military, otherwise ignore this question) How does it look to future employers? If you eventually wanted to go into research would the four years you spent there be seen as valuable experience or would your time have been better spent doing post-docs?