Hi, I'm a college freshman currently on leave from a US university and taking courses at a local school. Sophomore year of high school I was extremely interested in pursuing candidacy at USMA, only to have a series of hamstring injuries derail those plans. I spent a few months rehabbing my leg and fully recovered, but come senior year I took a non-service academy route. I strongly disliked my first quarter in college; my school has an overbearing Greek culture and the campus environment is visibly polarized between the super-wealthy and those who are less well off. A combination of financial constraints and minor health issues (I'm long since recovered) prompted me to go on leave for the remainder of the year. At this point, I am strongly reconsidering applying to the USMA. I feel that the school would offer me so much more than where I currently am, and I have hoped to go into military or intelligence work for much of my life. But I'm not sure where to proceed from here--information on applying to the USMA once out of high school seems painfully slim. Is it in my best interest to find an ROTC program to participate in? When should I begin my application process? Does anyone have experiences they'd be willing to share regarding applying to the USMA after a year of college? I'd appreciate any and all input and advice.