My wife (and to a much lesser extent myself) have been lurkers on the SA Forum website for 3+ years, ever since our DD declared her interest in the USNA. We have benefited immensely from the wide variety of opinions and the depth of advice that has been shared by all of you willing to take the time to educate those of us unfamiliar with the military in general and USNA in particular. Our daughter was well prepared for her CVW, NASS, her meeting with her BGO etc etc and it was all thanks to you fine people on this forum. In comparison to College Confidential, this forum has always struck us as more supportive and more informative which is to the credit of the fine men and women who have elected to serve our great country (and the parents who have supported their choices). Yesterday was a great day for our family. Our DD received her LOA. Thank you all for your support…even though you didn’t even know that we were out there. Now we are looking for a little more advice. . . . 1) We have read that, although rare, each year there may be a couple of LOA candidates who do not receive nominations. DD is busily working hard on these noms; however, we are in a highly competitive district (easy drive to Annapolis). Are there any pitfalls DD should be aware of as she finishes up these noms and prepares for (hopefully) impending interviews? 2) DD is pushing ahead with plans b,c,d,etc. with NROTC options. She is well matched to attend USNA routine; loves the daily structure and high demands on her time. If given a choice between NROTC and appt. to USNA, what are the factors to consider? Any advice from those with personal knowledge of how they (or their child) made a similar decision would be appreciated. We are elated about how far she has progressed in this process, but want to make sure that she keeps her foot on the gas and continues to carefully explore all options.