Hello, This is my first post. I have been searching the forums/ web for quite some time but haven't quite got my answer yet. My son is finishing his junior in high school. He wants to serve as a Marine Corp Officer. He really wants to attend a military school, feels like that is the environment he would thrive and fit in to. He has a GPA of 3.3 (3.5 weighted). He is a Sea Scout (Branch of BSA)-working toward quartermaster. PSAT 1040 (in a SAT prep program now and will keep taking the test) Varsity Football for two years (Senior year will be third year) Varsity Volleyball 1 year Volunteer work about 70 hours He is going to apply to VMI, Citadel, TAMU, Norwich, but I have my doubts he will be competitive enough so we were thinking of a plan B. He really doesn't want to attend college unless he can be involved in a military school or corp of cadets/NROTC (he is apapplying now for marine option) We thought maybe a junior college would be a good idea if he doesn't get in his freshman year to help him build some skills and try again his sophomore year. We were looking at NMMI. I see that his SAT is in range, but they only let in a small percentage of applicants. I can't really figure out why. Is it because it is a prep program for one of the major service academies so there aren't enough spots? Does he even have a chance at NMMI and then transfer over to a four year degree program at a place like VMI or Citadel? I see that a lot of people prep at NMMI for USNA, but do they ever do that for a school like VMI or Citadel? It sounds like NMMI would be what he needs though to help him in his struggles with learning time management to get him to the next level and make him a stronger candidate. He likes the idea of a military school, and also he would like to try to play football in college and thought this school may consider him. Any advice on where to aim? Is any of this sound remotely realistic? Or is that a completely ridiculous plan B? Thanks so much for considering my question.