Our son just turned 15 and for the past couple years has said that he want to go to the coast guard academy when he completes high school. I think this may be a bit early to start asking these questions but I didn't want to find out a couple years from now that we should have been working on something all along He is a freshman in high school and has been in scouting since he was 6. He is working towards his Eagle, which he should have in a year or so. He is Scuba Certified (getting ready to take his advanced scuba classes in the spring) and he is in jrotc. The JRotc program at our school is Navy, but his Commander is a 30+ year Coast Guard Veteran and also worked at the academy for awhile. Next year he plans to take the aviation course that is offered at our high school and by the end of his junior year he will have his pilots license. Academically, he's an A/B student and he has a clean behavior record. He also works weekends at a local restaurant. Are these things that will look good for getting in to the academy? What more could he/should he be doing? Also, if he doesn't get in to the academy, is it an option that he could join the coast guard right out of high school? I was also just reading on another forum about the New Mexico Military Academy. Not sure if that would be a good "plan B" if CGA didn't work out. We are located in Central Texas if there are other options closer. All of this is new to my husband and me. Look forward to any suggestions you may have. Thanks!!