For simplicities sake, I will list my options in order of preference: 1. West Point 2. Marine Option NROTC 3. Army ROTC I just received a 4 year Army rotc scholarship to villanova university under the condition that I get a medical waiver. The problem is, I have to say yes or no by the 19th of December(2010). I am a competitive candidate for west point, and I have several nominations, but I have no idea when or if (1) I will get an appointment, or (2) I receive a medical waiver, and I'm thinking it won't be before the 19th of December. I don't want to turn down the scholarship only to be rejected medically and/or academically by west point. To further complicate things: I have applied for the Marine Option ROTC scholarship, which I really really want to do if I don't get into west point(don't ask my why its complicated). If I get this scholarship from the early board, theoretically I will know around Christmas time. If I dont get it, my package will be sent to a later board and god knows when I would hear from that one. As I understand it, each program has its own waiver authority, so all things considered I would need a statistician to figure out all the different ways this could go. I realize this is partly my fault for applying to so many programs, but 'they' told me to apply to as many as possible--i did. I'm sure I'm not the first person to be in this situation, so I want to know how it has played out in the past, and if there are any neat bureaucratic loopholes I could exploit in pursuing my dreams.