Afternoon Shipmates and Jarheads, I am a reservist about to go on a deployment to the Stan. When I return I will be 22, so cutting it pretty close afaik in regards to the age standards. I plan to take a shot at the USNA (even though I don't think I'm quite smart enough to get in, but it doesn't hurt to try does it?) when I get back. I was able to get one semester of freshmen college done, the second one I had to withdraw from due to the deployment I just mentioned. So now you know a little bit about me, here are some of my questions: 1, does what officer path/branch you choose affect what you'll have to study in the Academy? 2, what is it like to be a Marine midshipman? I'm considering becoming a knuckle dragger if I end up liking this deployment to Afghan. 3, am I exempt from some of the B.S. that freshmen will go through? I'm aware you're treated like **** and hazed no matter what, but can I expect to get out of initial "bootcamp-esque" learning how to tie your boots and salute kind of stuff? Not to sound condescending or anything. 4, can a lackluster educational background (GPA average of 2.9-3.2)be made up for by good prior service (I've gotten an EP on every eval past A-school, never gotten less than a "Good" overall on my PRTs, no NJPs, meritorious E-4 promotion), a good record of current and past community involvement, and support from my current command? 5, speaking of education, how are the tutoring services at the Academy? I expect to be using them. Often. 6, what kind of extracurricular Academy hobbies are there? Thank you in advance. v/r IT3.