I'm new here - already learned a ton in a few hours. Wow! A little bit of background: our Junior in HS daughter is interested in flying. She is doing Grounds training and got her Class 1 physical. She also is starting to get flight hours (as much as we can afford). She is being mentored by a local 99s pilot. https://marin99s.org/ (Tam High student article) She is also an athlete (rugby, lax, golf, baseball, football - she is a natural born athlete that could probably get a sports scholarship if she focused on one sport - Northwestern invited her to a lax recruiting weekend but she has no interest in cold climates). So - it would seem that she should apply to the service academies (I know - there is no guarantee she will fly - but I would think/hope that having hours (she will ramp up once her Grounds training is done) would help. And also she should apply for ROTC, correct? She is looking at other options as well (ER, Purdue, UND) but they seem like the most expensive path. (we will have four kids in college, including a set of triplets, so cost is an issue). But the bigger question is: how do you know if the SAs are for her? Do the summer sessions help with that? She missed the deadline for the AF one (didn't know about it) - but if she goes to the Navy summer session - will that help? (or is it like apples and oranges?) Or course, as a mother, I'd like to see her get her wings without going into enormous debt - but I also want to be sure that she is suited for and likes service life. Thanks for your advice.