I have searched the forums about going from enlisted to USNA, but I have a different situation. Allow me to explain: Here were my plans as of last week: - Plan A: USNA - Plan B: 4-year NROTC Scholarship - Plan C: Enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps For Plan A, I have been deemed Triple Qualified, I have two nominations, but I have not received an appointment. For Plan B, my Marine Corps recruiter informed me yesterday that I was not awarded the 4-year NROTC Scholarship. For Plan C, as of last night, I began the enlistment process (into the reserves, not active duty) to have a back-up incase I am not appointed to USNA. My question is: Is enlisting into the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves for a year such a bad idea vs. going to college for a year and reapplying? Either way, I would reapply. My understanding is that the Academy's slots for enlisted men and women are never fully filled. Wouldn't this mean it would be easier for me to gain an appointment to USNA from enlisted (reserves) versus being a college applicant (NROTC, not on scholarship)? From the enlisted side, I scored extremely high on the practice ASVAB and would qualify for virtually all MOS's. I am more of a STEM-driven person so I would choose a technical MOS. The Marine Corps gives college credits for the training that everyone goes through, and the more technical the MOS, the more credits you receive. My theory/plan is..enlist in the Marine Corps Reserves if I am not appointed to USNA, go to Boot Camp, Marine Combat Training, and then my MOS School and gain college credits while doing so. I would also be re-applying to USNA during this time to gain acceptance to the Class of 2018. If USNA doesn't work out once again, I would take my credits from my training and apply for an NROTC scholarship again and go to Texas A&M and pursue a commission from one of the many commissioning programs through civilian colleges. I apologize for the long post, but I just wanted to see if any others are in the same situation or have been through this situation before or if you have any advice for me. I appreciate every bit of y'all's help.