Hi, seeing all of these posts about so many receiving their appointments while i'm still crossing my fingers hoping for mine has got me thinking about backup plans. I've applied to a verity of other schools that I wouldn't have interest in attending without an ROTC scholarship which I'm still waiting for too. Since years before I wanted to attend a military academy I planned on enlisting, so naturally I've been leaning on enlisting into the Ohio National Guard as a backup. If I did this I would reapply to West Point after basic and AIT then attend college in Ohio for the 2017 spring semester. I have lots of questions for the recruiter but would like to ask some for you guys. I understand that the application process is quite different when applying from the ranks but does anyone find it far more difficult? Would it be possible to have enough time to become familiar with those in your command between the completion of training and the application deadline? Are there any numbers out there for how many soldiers apply and gain appointment? Did enlisting give anyone more valuable experiences that they were able to carry on through college and later into their career as an officer? And would admissions take into consideration the spring semester of college? Thank you very much and!