@SCubb You put in preferences August of your 1/C year. But by the end of your 2/C year, you should have a good idea of what you want to do because you will request a cruise with your community of choice. For instance, people who want to do EOD will go with an EOD unit. People who want to fly will head to an aviation unit or do powered flight program where they get their initial flight qualifications. I came into the academy thinking about SWO but after my youngster cruise, I decided it was not the community for me. I am looking for more of a lifestyle and feeling of community. I just didn't fit super well with the officers or enlisted. Over plebe year I realized all the upper class I would follow anywhere were going marine corp. So I started thinking about that. I know I don't want an office job and am not motivated enough for infantry or combat arms so I started thinking aviation. I have also started thinking subs but female subs is the most competitive service selection out of the academy. Even more selective than EOD or SEALS. I found out this past week that I am no longer eligible to fly or go subs so I don't really know what I am going to do. I may be able to get waivers but I won't know until 1/C year most likely. So Marine Ground is my new 1st choice. At the end of the day, I can't do anything to change things. Many people at the academy get DQd from a service selection for various issues. It sucks but I believe that I will end up wherever I am supposed to be and worrying about it now won't help. You should pick a community that you fit in with. Summer training opportunities and meeting officers on the yard give you a good idea of where you belong. You put in your preferences and you hope that your community wants you as well.