I am entering my senior year of high school and I am going to apply for admission at The Citadel for Fall 2022. To give some context as to what I am working with: I attend essentially a college prep school through a scholarship at a state university, I scored a 30 on my ACT, I have a 3.5 GPA, I have taken Honors, AP, and Dual Enrollment courses my entire academic career, I participated in Key Club, was elected to Student Government, and I was an entry level manager at my job. Through a very unique opportunity I was able to interview with a Major General and given the opportunity to earn a letter of recommendation by working with a organization in my city. I have been advised by multiple members of my family to wait until I get some solid recommendations from "either a politician or an officer". My question is are they placing too much emphasis on this for me to put off my application for admission and the AROTC National Scholarship? Any advice would greatly be appreciated.