My son's USCGA application process is complete. Everything the Academy requests was delivered. The waiting game begins now. The process started last spring with the successful application to AIM. He told his parents that he had a great experience in New London. He did well on his physical test. His company finished second in the honor competition and first in the drill competition. He got along well with the cadre. Most important, he felt at home at the Academy and hated to leave. His desire to attend a military academy soared through the roof after AIM. Despite a long list of legitimate and value-added community service work including being elected president of the county 4-H junior leaders, despite being elected president of the student council, despite earning 10 varsity letters in team and individual sports, despite being in the top 10% of his class and taking all the college level courses he can fit in, I am very worried about his chances of acceptance at Coast Guard, much less any academy. For whatever reason, he hasn't scored well on the standardized tests. He's taken the SAT twice and his best score of 640 in math is weakened by a 540 in verbal. He recently scored a 22 on the ACT. Looking at the scores alone, he appears to be non-competitive. While we wait, we will be investigating 'safety schools', particularly ones with strong ROTC programs. He's always said that he wants to be a military officer. I'd like to hear from other parents who've been in the same situation, particularly about applying for a 4-year ROTC scholarship while waiting for news from the academies.