Hello, I'm looking for advice for my son regarding his 5 choices for NROTC scholarship applications. First some background: My son is a high school senior and the XO of his school's NJROTC unit, a distinguished unit with honors. He wishes to major in either mechanical or nuclear engineering and is very interested in special warfare operations. He is an official candidate for the Naval Academy, currently completing the requirements of the application. While there's nothing more he wants than to attend the Naval Academy, he knows how difficult it is to get in and if not appointed he prefers the demanding curriculum of a military college over an NROTC program within a civilian college. He has been going back and forth between his choices of schools and their order on the application. His current 5 choices in this order: VMI, Texas A&M, RPI, Drexel, Rutgers (instate). He is also considering Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He's wondering should he replace VMI with VPI? Should he change the order? Does his instate college have to be in the top three? Any insight would be greatly appreciated!