I haven't been around here for a while, but those of you who have will remember me from a ways back. My daughter was an unsuccessful candidate for USNA class of 2011 & 2012. Those rejection letters took a lot out of her. She considered reapplying one more time, but decided against it. She took a different path instead. She met with a Navy recruiter a while back. Took the ASVAB and did well. She's always been good at languages, so she took the DLAB (Defense Language Apptitude Battery.) The recruiters in her office had the attitude that she could take it but hardly anyone passes it, at least around here. a perfect score on the test is 150 and you need a 110 or above to study the harder languages, at least as an enlisted. She got a 138. Yeah, I'm braggin', but then I'm the Dad, right? I think doing so well on the two tests helped her get a lot of her self-esteem back. She'll report to boot camp in January (Brrrrr! Chicago in the winter.) After boot camp she'll go to Monterey, California for a little over a year to the Defense Language Institute. She won't know what language she'll study until she gets there, but it will probably be Arabic or Chinese. The needs of the Navy, right? When she's all done she'll be a CTI, a Cryptological Technician, Interpretive. She should be an E-4 or close to it by the time she's done with school. It's still possible that she could be a mustang and do some kind of commissioning program later, but for now she's planning on just being the best enlisted person she can be. We're so proud of her we're about to pop. Thanks to everyone on this site who helped us through all the disappointment. Things have a way of working out.