I've read a good bit of advice that you guys have given and I'm hoping you may be able to help me and my son in preparation for the application process. This is new to both me and him so we teaming up to try and make this a success. Unfortunately, we have already gotten off to a bad start with some poor intel. We inquired with his guidance councilor the start of his junior year about academy acceptance and were told that the academy was not accepting applications for the next 6 years. At the middle of his junior year I enquired about ACT / SAT prep and scheduling and was told that it would be handled in the middle of his senior year. I accepted all of this on blind faith until we started researching some military colleges a few weeks ago and to my surprise the information given to me was incorrect. So, we feel like we're starting late at the beginning of his junior summer and are trying to catch up. I'm trying to get with the school to at least get his PSAT scores now. Of course, it's summer and I'm getting the run around from guidance, but I will get it. Once we have that we will be sending out letters to senators and congressman begging and pleading for a late recommendation. But I am concerned about a couple of points. Primarily if a high school sport is actually required or not? It seems to be stressed in the admissions section of the website. His current stats: GPA: 4.0 ASVAB: 89 SAT/ACT: TBD Activities - AFJROTC (3 years) Major - AFJROTC Rank Cadre - Cadet Officer Leadership School (COLS) (2 years) Commander - Drill team (1 years) Commander - Color guard (1 year) School activity council (1 year) Volunteer at local retirement home (1 year) As you can see, most all of his extra curricular activities has been put into AFJROTC. We are considering the possibility of dropping color guard and drill team this year for cross country for this reason. Are their any other things that we need to look at to improve his resume? Should we include details into his AFJROTC accomplishments, such as honor flight cadre at COLS? Since we know this is a long shot, especially getting a late start on things, I'm curious what back up options some of you guys were prepared with. He will be applying at The Citadel and applying for the ROTC scholarship. I'm researching other avenues now but with him having AF leadership aspirations I'm not sure if other options are available that we just haven't found yet. Thanks for any help.