Hello, I am very confused and I don't know who to speak to, there's no one I can turn to who would be able to give me the best advice in this decision so I decided to post on this website and any advice would be GREATLY appreciated. I have been offered an appointment to attend the US Naval Academy Preperatory School and I have heard that I have a very good chance of receiving the Marine ROTC scholarship that I applied for. My dream, my passion and what im looking forward to is being an officer in the Marine Corps. I attended summer seminar at the Naval Academy and I know that the Naval Academy is an amazing place for training future leaders. I know to receive the education and the training the Naval Academy has to offer would be an honor and I fully appreciate that fact but I know that accepting the NAPS appointment is a huge risk because I could be letting go of a guaranteed scholarship and commission in the USMC in four years, and possibly not do well at NAPS and not be nominated to attend USNA. My dreams would then be crushed. I also know that being selected for USMC if and when I reach my senior year at the USNA is not guaranteed. I also dont have any idea how competitive and how likely it is i'd receive the USMC selection, especially as i've heard that its harder for females to be selected for Marine Option. The head of the local Marine recruting station told me I should choose the ROTC scholarship because its a guarantee and it wouldn't be as hard as USNA, it would only be four years and I would be able to enjoy my college experience more. Im very confused. I want the challenge from USNA and I loved it when I went there for summer seminar, so hearing that ROTC wont be as hard and "I would enjoy my ROTC college experience more" doesnt really appeal to me. I've heard from some midshipmen that they love the academy life just fine. However, I just want to make sure im not making a foolish decision accepting NAPS or assuming I am offered the scholarship if I should take that instead. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, please. Thank you.