Merry Christmas! My son is an official candidate at USNA for class of 2017. He has received a nomination from our congressman this week. Our congressman only has one slot, so it looks like he has a 10% chance. This area is quite confusing. He has not applied for NROTC, but has applied to Univ. of Mich which has a program. If he really has passion for the Navy and doesn't get an appointment, what are the best alternatives?