First post since the dreaded TWE (tiny white envelope) arrived last spring early summer. Yes, DS was wait listed, but in the end a TWE is a TWE. Thank goodness DS had an excellent back up/ alternate college plan. He was awarded NROTC Scholarship to a top tier school. I vividly recall the mental gymnastics with last year’s class of 2014 app/nomination/3'qd/CWV process. It was gut wrenching. I checked this site and DoDMERB many times a day looking for any sign of good news last Jan - May. Checking the mail was always stressful! This site helped me to understand the process and let us know we were not alone. It was also fun meeting “cyber space friends” experiencing the same anxiety and discussing USNA app process. The best advice we received was emphasize the alternate plan the same as the USNA plan. Like many Mom's I knew my kid was perfect for USNA. How could he be turned down. I felt bad reading the anxiety laced threads from the previous year, and privately thought thank goodness it won’t happen to my son. After all, my son had excellent credentials. He exceeded or equaled the class profiles of previously admitted students. We were silently confident about his chances. The reality is my son did well, but all USNA applicants have super credentials and fantastic college test scores. It is amazing and impressive the credentials of USNA applicants. Due to all the admission variables, trying to figure out the USNA admission process is difficult if not impossible. Just do your best and make sure you have your back up plan in place. We did, and it worked out great for many reasons. DS is re-applying and first nomination interview is next week. The process this year is much calmer, due to his fantastic back up plan. Good luck to all….It goes by very fast!!!!