I know you guys probably hate chances threads but I kinda need some advice. First off I want to serve my country possibly for 20 years. Ever since I made this decision the Marine Corps has always been most influential branch. And when i watch the commercials they always make me feel a strong calling, it's like a religion to me. I have a brilliant mind as my parents say and they feel I should attend college. The only problem is: My family is broke. I figured if I could snag a Marine Option NROTC scholarship I would be set. Unfortunately I don't feel very competitive compared to most of the guys on this forum. Below I will list my stats. I would like any tips possible to help me achieve my goal. Thanks. BTW I am a junior in high school SAT: -Reading: 530 -Writing: 550 -Math: 490 -Composite: 1570 GPA Unweighted: 3.0 Weighted: 3.4 Honors: English II, English III, American History, Marine Biology, World History. PFT: Just shy of 200 (I know I suck. I'm working my butt off for a higher goal of 264) Extracurriculars: - Very close to earning the Billy Mitchell Award in the Civil Air Patrol. Been in for 2+ years. Been to many leadership schools. And I hold a NCO leadership position. - Member of the National Honor Society. - 50+ hours of community service. - Working part time at Mcdonalds. - Advanced Open Water Diver with 40+ dives under my belt and multiple specialties. *Lots of my family members have been Marines and Soldiers. Not sure if that matters.