I have a few questions regarding NROTC applications for incoming freshmen. I will be attending a university this fall as an engineering student and have been accepted into the NROTC unit (no scholarship). That being said, I am planning on applying for the 4-year scholarship that is due in JAN2018. Firstly, I have spoken to an officer at the school I will be attending about this. However, I'm still confused as to when the best time to submit my application is - the officers at my school say it's probably best to submit it by August, in order to be awarded the scholarship (should I get it) as early as the first board meeting. However, I also contacted someone from the NROTC scholarship board and they said they're looking to see fall semester performance and ideally one college professor rec for college applicants. This would mean that my application would not be considered complete until mid-December of this year. Does anyone know how much of a disadvantage that would put me at in terms of making it in front of the board multiple times, even though it's still a month before the official deadline? A followup question - Am I about to use my USNA CFA scores for the AFA or do I need to take it again?