Hi All, I've been accepted to my first choice school, and I'm on a gap year now, so I'll be entering in September 2016. I'm in the midst of my NROTC application, and I have a question for you all. I've heard over and over again to apply sooner rather than later, because then I can get in front of boards first. That doesn't make much sense to me, as I don't see how they won't reserve a similar number of slots for later applicants, but whatever. I accept that you have more experience and know better than I do. The thing is, I am not currently in good physical shape at all. Upper body strength is lagging significantly. I've begun working out, and I've made a lot of progress (for most of my, admittedly, young life, I have been in pretty good shape), but I'm still not near getting a good score on the physical portion of the NROTC application. My question is this- how do I balance being in not so good shape and applying earlier rather than later? At what point should I bite the bullet, cut short my steadily improving fitness, and take the physical fitness test so that I can finish my application? For context, I've been accepted to my university (top 15 in the country), am applying for a Tier 3 scholarship , and have really good test scores and other cool things . What do you suggest? Thanks for taking the time to help me out.