This might not be a very PC post, but since I do have inside sources, I think I can open it with authority. My brother (USNA '90 Captain), sat on two NROTC boards in P-cola this cycle (August until now) and brought up this issue to me. He said it will be a lot harder for my son (a white, male) to get into USNA than an NROTC scholarship. So far he is correct in that my son was awarded the 4 year NROTC scholarship and is still CPR for USNA. He said the NROTC process does not have a gender, race, or ethnicity bias. When he reviewed all the files in his cycles, 60% of the score was established from the beginning due to SAT/ACT scores and grades. They reviewed the candidates leadership, physical fitness, extracurricular, essays and letters of recommendation. In addition, you have CO's of the NROTC units around the country coming together to sit on the boards. On the other hand, with USNA it is a "black box." The admissions department has a wall around it with no one knowing what is going on inside. The Sup' can give direction on the "types" of additional candidates he would like to see in the Yard. Admissions gets some cover from nominations coming in, in groups of 10, who you would assume Senators and Congressmen are already submitting a "diverse" group of candidates. Unlike in my era, Admissions can choose whoever they like out of the 10 versus possible the most qualified by an objective score. With all the criteria involved in choosing candidates, obviously the weighting on fixed scoring (PRT, SAT/ACT, Grades, etc) versus other items such as extracurricular, leadership, sports, volunteer work, Boy Scouts, JROTC and so on becomes critical, but it would be nice to have candidate packages go to the board, minus race, gender, and ethnicity, so that the Academies chose the most qualified versus discrimination.