I have been offered USMMA sponsored prep at MMI and am trying determine if prep is my best course of action. I am highly interested in the opportunities offered at USMMA, especially Sea Year and the opportunity to choose between a Maritime career or service in the armed forces. At the moment I am leaning toward a commission in the military. My father is active duty military so I am more familiar with military careers than maritime careers. I recognize that my choice may change if I attend USMMA and learn more about the maritime industry. My concern is that since I wasn't deemed competitive enough for a direct appointment, whether or not an additional year at prep will set me up for success. I am not going to share my stats but will state that I was 3Qd for USMA and received my QNS letter in early April. I will give my studies my best effort and will avail myself of any help offered. However, from my readings of various threads, there appears to be a high drop out rate/set back rate at USMMA. Is this drop out rate mostly attributable to lack of effort or is it more a lack of innate ability? Do graduates of the MMI prep program have similar rates of success at USMMA as they do at USCGA and USMA? My other option is a 4 year ROTC scholarship at a Senior Military college. Any insight is greatly appreciated.