Hi everyone, I am so glad I found this forum. I am so new to all of this and my son is waiting to hear from the academy also. He is so cool and calm about everything and I am a basket case wondering where he will be going and what he will be doing. Anyway, since 5th grade his desire has always been to become a Marine Corps officer. Everything is Marine, Marine, Marine. He works out with the Marines, has posters, books, all over his room.. When he was researching how he can accomplish his goal after h.s., the best route he decided was USNA. Second NROTC. He did receive the 4yr NROTC marine option scholarship.. so that is the backup plan. My question is, after reading through some posts and articles the last few days about USNA and the marine portion, my understanding is that they only have a certain number of slots open each year for Marines. I believe last year was around 270. They had more than that number applying. What would happen if he does get an appointment, goes through the marine training, and doesn't make the cut? I would assume the Navy would put him in another position? Can someone shed some light on this for me? How does that work? As a mom, I was thinking.. what if? What if he made it all the way through and they tell him he didn't make the Marine cut? What other option would he have to fullfill his dream of becoming a Marine officer? Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.. sorry for the long post. You are all so great.