My son was presented with his NROTC "check" tonight! As many experienced posters have written, as tough as the application process may seem, that is only the beginning - the tough stuff is still to come. Our DS is a hard-working, goal-oriented, self-directed young man. He is excited by this opportunity and we feel certain he is up to the challenge. It will be an interesting ride! Thanks for the advice and insight over the past several months; I will keep reading as the process continues. And best wishes to the other parents that are going along on this journey with your children.