I'm just curious, how is it that you might not be able to get an active duty LT slot? Is it because of your MOS? Are they cutting back on officers? I would assume going through ROTC guarantees that, but I don't know so that's why I'm asking.
The Army ROTC accessions process is tricky. The idea is that cadets get to pick their desired duty assignment (active duty, reserve, or national guard), as well as branch (similar to an MOS for enlisted). After being evaluated, you are put into the accessions process (which is basically a big lottery where the ultra competitive shoot for the highly coveted active duty slots) where you are stacked against every other cadet commissioning that year.
You can do things to increase your chances if you are borderline of the cutoff for active duty (I estimated I would be around #3000 out of ~5700 cadets commissioning this year) by doing things that add to your contract (8 years base, +3 years for every service obligation you add on).
The absolute worst part of this whole process is that I won’t know anything about my career until November. I’m really hoping for an active duty EOD job, which means I would have to go to ordnance basic officer’s leader school when I commission, followed by the nearly 9 month EOD school, but the pessimist/realist in me realize that is just a pipe dream.