Hi, I just received a Letter of Assurance to the Naval Academy, and I am beyond thrilled. All I need now is a nomination, which I think I will get because my area is under-represented and everyone from my school has gotten the nomination from my area, despite getting rejected or accepted into the Academy. I am trying to look at this decision as not only short term but also long term. If I attend, I plan on serving for at least 20 or so years, possibly making it a complete career. However, if something happens, I really want a fallback. I have wanted to become an English Professor since I can remember, but I am worried that USNA does not give me the tools to do this. If I remember correctly from attending NASS, the Masters Program is insanely difficult to get into. Also, even if I do end up getting a Masters before my service or after, how would I approach a Phd? I don't think after 20 or so years of service I would really feel inclined to pursue a Phd, as it takes forever. Do they even have a Phd option... before serving your 5 years or after serving your 5 years? I know for medical school, you do it all before serving your 5 years. My other question regards double majors. I would really like to pursue a study of a critical language at the academy as well. Anyone know the process? I hear you get put into a language slot depending on a test you take that determines your aptness for a language. If lets say I do get chosen and get that degree, what is the benefit for the Navy? Would they station me in one of the countries that speaks that language, etc.? If anyone has any insight to any of these questions, that would be great. Should I should pursue possibly ROTC instead; maybe getting a Masters/Phd is easier using that route? Thanks.