Son wants to reapply to the Naval Academy. He did not receive NROTC scholarship (had applied Tier 3 and we understand that none or next to none were given out this year for this Tier). He was accepted to UCLA and UC Berkeley and would like to do NROTC. Found out that if you do "college program" through the universities, the chances of getting a future scholarship are really slim (at least at this point in time) due to budget constraints, and if you do college program you are disqualified from applying for the national 4 or 2-year scholarships. So, question is: is it to his advantage to do the college program in NROTC (w/o scholarship) so he has that to include in his application to the Naval Academy? Or is it better to just take the Naval Science courses offered at the schools (as if you are in the program), work out on your own, do your own extra-curriculars, etc.? Also, does anyone know if college programmers can get a nomination from their unit leaders to the Naval Academy or is that only for those on scholarship?