Hello, I'm very determined to gain acceptance into the USNA and become a pilot for the Marines. For now I'm working on fitness but on this upcoming junior year I'm going to be challenging myself with more advanced classes and I will be joining a sports team. This summer I am also going to try to look for community service opportunities. I understand that almost everyone is determined to gain acceptance into the USNA, but would my chances for obtaining a nomination (for starters) increase if I were to strive for a congressional award? I'm considering registering for it and would be open to the challenge if it means that I'm one step ahead of the common standards for the USNA. I'm looking for any sort of enhancement to my application that would stand out. I understand that I must have academic excellence and participation in extracurricular activities including volunteer work, but I'm looking to exceed those expectations. I would like to speak with an OSO at some point but I still need to talk to a recruiter first. Any advice is also greatly appreciated.