If you've received a LOA, congratulations, I look forward to serving with you in the Fleet (I am still waiting). This post is for those still waiting on Decision letters and those who have been denied, which will be the vast majority. I'm reading the posts about everybody's denial letters, sure I'll get one too, but there is no reason to hope to be a part of the next class or even fret about your denial fwhich is a normal, even-classic, and really-common feeling). I hate to hear about people straight out of high school accepting NAPS offers or planning on reapplying, because They should question whether they really wanted to even be an officer. I like to use the example.. Harvard is for those who genuinely enjoy learning. If you don't like to go home and read or learn more about stuff, then you probably wouldn't fit in at Harvard. Why would someone trying to be an officer, wait an extra year to do it? If you don't apply to Annapolis strictly be an Officer, don't go. Everybody thinks it's prestigious until they are a student there, then it is just tedious and boring. So only go if becoming an officer is your genuine intention, not prestige. Here are some pros for if rejected and decide not to reapply to USNA: 1. You'll get to join the fleet sooner than if you reapplied (and got in) bc all Annapolis students have to be there for 4 years 2. You'll get to have a normal college experience: girls, parties, friends, etc. 3. More freedom 4. If you're still yearning to be involved with Navy during your college years you can do reserves (get paid) or NROTC (4/3/2 year scholarships ). 5. You'll have more academic freedom to study what you like, philosophy, German anyone?? 6. No summer obligationsssss 7. Less strict routine during college, but same chance of success as a military officer. 8. You won't have to seem like that guy or gal who carries the name of his/her college on his/her shoulder for the rest of his/her life. The biggest reason to for me not to reapply to USNA, is the ability to join the fleet sooner. I'm very serious about becoming a Naval Officer, so doing an extra year of college sounds crazy if it doesn't impede upon my career. I have also been told and continue to tell myself that just because you didn't get into USNA, doesn't mean you weren't USNA quality. I saw Mids help other kids on their online quizzes while visiting Annapolis and saw them, future "super soldier" and "ideal" officers, smoke and offer me, cigars. So remember, there is a difference between who is USNA quality and who is actually at the USNA, and USNA admissions has proven that they cannot decide that, only you as a person can. Please give these reasons some thought and accept your fate. Not going to USNA should NOT change your future or you never really belonged. P.S. REAL Studies have not shown Service Academy Graduates to be more or less effective than Officers from N/ROTC programs.