DS is a 16 year old high school sophomore who will be 17 in June. His goal is to become a military officer, and his Plan A is the USMA. He's ranked 15th in his class, takes AP classes, plays baseball & football. He's on Student Council and founded a Bass Fishing Team at his high school. What he doesn't have is ROTC, which is not available at his school. He is thinking about joining the National Guard, after learning that he could do so at age 17. His thinking is that this would give him military experience and make him a stronger candidate. He said that if he doesn't get into USMA, he'd be able to join an ROTC program at a college (his Plan B is VMI, Plan C is Texas A&M) while still being in the National Guard. Is this realistically feasible?