DS was hoping to be a naval aviator, but it seems his vision is going to preclude him from flying for the military. His next choice is to be a Nuke Officer. His first choice of schools is USNA, but realistically that's probably a 50/50 chance at best for him (given the competitors for appointments in our area; he's an amazing kid and I don't mean to put him down in any way). Of the civilian colleges he's interested in, only one has a NROTC program, while the other two suggested on the tour that he apply for NUPOC. I have a pretty good feel for the differences between the programs while he is in school, but I'd love to hear opinions/advice about which is the better path - either from a time commitment standpoint, or being "favored" for assignments, or whatever else should be considered. If he goes civilian and then applies for NUPOC, what are the chances he'll get in? In the "real" Navy world, are participants in one program deemed more qualified/better officers/??? than the other? Last, but not least - if he goes for NUPOC, does the school he attends have any bearing on his acceptance, for instance: applicants from more prestigious schools get picked up first? DS is beyond disappointed about his eyesight, and is trying to do everything possible to make sure he gets his second choice.