Hello all, I'm currently a high school senior midway through the application process for USNA. I know that I want to go there, but am wondering whether it might be smarter to enlist first. I've been talking to some priors, and they've said that having served made them much more prepared for the Academy physically and mentally than kids just coming out of high school. How difficult is it for an enlisted serviceman to gain entrance to the Academy? Is it a viable option for someone wishing to attend USNA? Thank you in advance!