- Jan 16, 2017
Good Evening all, I have been on this forum for some time, but this is my first post. I was a candidate for the USNA class of '21, but in March I got my TWE email. My parents were a little hesitant about my decision to pursue the Naval Academy, and I suspect they were secretly relieved when I was rejected. My "Plan B" choice is to attend the University of South Carolina, where I was offered a hefty scholarship as well as admission into the school's Honors College. Since my goal is to serve our country in the military, it only seemed logical to me that I would apply to the NROTC program at USC. (Since the deadline for the scholarship program has passed, I would only be a member of the college program for my freshman year, which is fine by me.) However, my parents are vehemently opposed to the thought of me in NROTC. They want me to have an enjoyable college experience and believe that ROTC would prohibit that. I have a strong desire to participate in the program and to reapply to the Naval Academy, but I also do not want to cause a major conflict within my family. Whenever I try to bring up this subject my parents become stubborn and refuse to talk about it. Can anyone offer some advice as to how to handle this situation. I want to take ownership of my own career, but I also do not want to hurt my parents in the process. Thank you all.