I received a medical DQ yesterday and my dodmerb status is pending waiver submission. I was told by my liason that I won't get a waiver unless I get a nomination which makes sense. I received an LOA in September last year during my senior year of high school, I hadn't completed a nomination application or taken medical exams. Had to accept a basketball scholarship while still waiting to hear back from USMA or else I could've lost my only full-ride offer. I decided to reapply this year, however I didn't start my application until December 4.. The only nomination I could apply for was Senator Sessions in AL. My medical DQ is due to a recent ankle surgery I had in November. Funny how things work because I would've needed that same surgery if I would've gone to USMA last year which would've been an issue. If I get the nomination and get a medical waiver and get appointed that would be a work of God! Anyways, in high school I graduated 124/389 with a 3.56 GPA and a very competitive high school. My ACT is a 32. 4 years of basketball, 2 year varsity letters, 1 year captain. 1 varsity letter in track and field. Lots of leadership activities and volunteer hours. My first semester at a civilian univ. I was on the Dean's List as an athlete with a 3.588 GPA. I took General Chem I, World History II, Pre Calculus with Trig, Foundations of Oral Communication, and Sports Nutrition. I transferred 18 credit hours from AP exams which got me out of most freshman level classes. I am also an NCAA varsity athlete at my current school. Unless I get this nomination from the Senator, my chances are over for this year. For planning purposes, I'm trying to figure out my best options for back up plans! I'm torn over many possibilities so am requesting any opinions or advice. My biggest issue at my current school is that I am very limited academically. It's a small liberal arts college that doesn't offer many choices for after graduation. I want to get a degree in engineering (preferably systems) which I have no choice of getting here. Staying here all 4 years would require several years of graduate school (at least 4) which costs lots of money and time and all for a career that I really don't want to do! Currently studying exercise science but have only taken a few courses. There is a civilian university at home that is a research university and offers several engineering options as well as ROTC. I could see this as a possibility because in the case that I don't get in next year, I could still get my degree in engineering and commission as an Army officer, which I really want to do. Other option is to stay at current university where I would be playing basketball but continuing in a pursuit of a "useless" degree for what I want to do. I have also thought about self prepping at MMI but have heard that appointment rates are very low for self prep, I wondered if my background of a strong USMA candidate who received an LOA early would help me from there. I know this is a lot but I really appreciate your help and input! Please vote in the poll and feel free to give any advice or your opinion or anything you know based off past experience. My main goal is to serve as an officer in the Army and have a degree that can be used in the army and also have a good career after retirement. Obviously I would more than anything love to attend West Point and graduate from there. My main drawback on ROTC is not being guaranteed active duty and not experiencing all the great things that USMA cadets do, they get to "live it" everyday I feel and that is something that I really want to be a part of. Thanks again so much.