I am serving in the Active Duty Army as an enlisted soldier, looking to better my quality of life within the military. I am actively trying to commission and I am trying to go about it one of two ways; 1) Switching to NG and going ROTC or 2) Green to Gold. I have a meeting set up with a retention NCO and he, hopefully, will shed some light on both subjects. My questions were as follows; How much weight does a Retention NCO carry with your CO? If he puts a good word in for me, will my CO dismiss it or will he take it into consideration? Also, how can I Impress the retention NCO? How do I make myself look like the best candidate for this to my CO and Retention NCO? Through all the research that has been done on my part, I found that going NG would be the best option for me since I have no schooling. I know how hard both of these will be to carry out, I am just looking for help and advice, not discouragement.