I am already a candidate applying to the USNA class of 2016. I have been to NASS this summer as well, which strengthens my desire to attend the Academy. But I am having problems planning a plan b. I know for sure I want to attend the Academy, and I will continue to reapply until I am too old, but meanwhile, I don't know what I should do. Also, I am in the NROTC app process as well. If I don't get an appointment this year, here are my proposed plans: NROTC (while reapplying to the Academy) Enlisting (under Delayed Entry Program (DEP), in case I don't get into the Academy or ROTC scholarship) Community college (for financial reasons; then reapply to the Academy) I do not mind enlisting. But how hard is it to come out of enlistment to attend USNA or NAPS? How would I apply to the Academy if I enlist? Does everyone get the chance to apply? For college, would it be best to get some college education before reapply? Or will the experience in the Navy (enlisted) be better? My parents think it would be better for me to enlist.