Hi, I'm about to begin my junior year in high school, and I was wondering when it is best to apply for the NROTC scholarship Marine option. Should I apply late this year or early in my senior year? In my online research I've seen that it's better to apply early to show you have a strong interest, but I feel like I should wait until senior year so I can build up my resume a little more. Currently I am enrolled in honors and AP courses with a 4.o GPA, Model United Nations and am a participant in an annual conference with global participation, Debate Club, I have a lot of community service hours and I'm planning on getting involved in a local organization that helps underprivileged families in the community, I'm training for my black belt in Krav Maga, And I have a job but it's low level because I'm only 16 and legally could only start working this year. This year I plan on joining Robotics club and starting an Astronomy club. I'm also considering going to student council meetings but I'm not sure if I will have time. I'm very confident that I can win the presidency in Model UN for my senior year and possibly a seat on student council as many of the positions run unopposed. I'm also training to get my PFT score up which obviously will be higher the longer I have to work on it. I am going to stage crew for the school play as well this year and next year I will also be applying for week long programs next summer at West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy that give you an opportunity to live like a cadet at these academies and get a taste for military life while also teaching valuable life and leadership skills. When should I apply for the NROTC scholarship and what else can I do to improve my chances of getting it so I can become a great officer in the United States Marines? Thank you for any help you can give.