Hi everyone, I've been lurking this forum for quite a while, and to state the obvious I have just recently joined. My goal in life is to serve in NSW, in particular as a SEAL Operator (SO) but we'll talk about that later. I applied to the Academy via the Pre-lim application, and I was accepted as an Official Candidate for the class of 2017. I'm going to speak to my Blue and Gold Officer as soon as I can (preferably Monday) and check with my school guidance counselor as well. In addition to that, I applied for a Congressional Nomination. My meeting is coming up on December 8th. Am I too late? Or am I 'allright'? I know I need to talk to my BGO, finish the app, and hopefully get a nomination - at the moment should I worry about anything else? It's just I have several questions, if you guys could help me by answering them it would be greatly appreciated. - First off, I know that by making Official Candidate - I have made an improvement. Obviously, it's not drastic - but it is one step closer. Do you know how many applicants are given Official Candidate Status every year (and how many applicants there are)? - By being an Official Candidate, I met the Academic requirements - does this mean that the scholastic/academic aspect of the review won't be 'as' hard? In other words, obviously my academics/activities will play a part - but should I worry about it as much? - I've read the stats that someone had posted on here, and they had shown that those who complete the application and receive a nomination are something like 70% more likely to receive a nomination...is there any truth to this? - I want to complete the official application as quick as humanly possible it's just I'm in a bit of what some might call a 'predicament'. I just took the SAT's this past weekend (Nov. 17th) - they were delayed because of Hurricane Sandy. My question is - should I finish the application as quick as humanly possible? Or should I wait the extra two weeks for the scores? - I mentioned earlier, it is a personal goal to serve a US Navy SEAL...for example, If I am denied by the Naval Academy I will most likely DEP with a SEAL Challenge Contract. Obviously, this is no guarantee of success but it is a goal of mine. The question is how much of a difference does this play in the nomination interview or (hopefully) down the line the BGO interview? If I stress how I want to serve in the Navy (in particular as a NSW Operator) could it help me or hurt me? And do most people know what they want to do? - and finally, does the Academy and the various Congressmen/women take 'personal struggles' ,so to speak,into consideration...for example, death in the family, divorce, etc, etc. Thank you, if you guys could help me out it would be greatly appreciated. You guys are great. And good luck to all other Candidates!