I have a son who is interested in USNA and ROTC, but he's not passionate about it...yet. My husband and I see so many ways that ds' personality, interests, abilities, and drive would nicely match up with military training, at least in college. We could see him easily adapting to the training schedule, expectations, and rigor. However, this is a big decision and HUGE undertaking, and we want the decision to be ds' because he's the one who'll have to do the work and endure setbacks as well as successes. I don't want to push him into such a big commitment. Having said that, I'm wondering if any parents guided their kids in this direction because they (the parents) have the benefit of experience and intimately knowing how their kid "ticks", even if their kid was sort of ambivalent. I'm assuming that at some point the young person will be "all in", but until that point there is much to be done in terms of academics, ec's, physical fitness, etc. You can't really wait til Oct. of your senior year to figure out what you want since many of the requirements take advance planning to achieve. Should we parents guide this decision if ds/dd isn't chomping at the bit, but will likely get there? What if (due to personality) your dc never really "chomps" but is relatively enthusiastic, nonetheless? I see some applicants say they've wanted to serve their country, be a pilot, be an officer, etc. since they were 10 years old. Ds doesn't think that way, but I think he'd like it and would be good at it. Is this enough reason to guide him in this direction? I'd love to hear your thoughts.