I having been following this forum for probably a little over a year and a half. I don't really remember how I stumbled upon it but it was a welcome sight on a long and challenging road. My DS has wanted to be a Marine since he could talk. He is now a senior in high school. My husband served for 4 years in the corps and has had a wonderful career in law enforcement and will retire at the end of this year. My oldest son who is now 21 is finishing up his junior year at the Citadel. (Sometimes loves it, sometimes hates it) My DS has also been accepted to the Citadel and VMI. He also applied to USNA and USMA as well as NROTC- Marine option. He did receive a nomination to USMA and if given the opportunity has said he would reconsider his marine dream... He has heard very little from all I previously mentioned. In January he did receive a letter from USMA stating he was 3Q'D. He was competive through out the application process for all the academies as well as the NROTC scholarship. We know now he has not made the first round or the first board for the scholarship. Like everyone else we will continue to wait and keep praying until he hears otherwise. In the meantime he acknowledged his acceptance to The Citadel and is very excited to become a legacy. His dream of earning a Marine comission during college seems to be dwindling with every person we have spoken with but I know he will never give up on his dream. It will just take alot longer than anyone fo us would have expected. When we started this process I would have never imagined how difficult it truly is if I had not experienced it along with him. I just wanted to thank everyone on this site for giving so much information to those that start out here knowing so little. And if I have anthing I could offer I would be happy to share it. You have definitly helped us in this very daunting process.