i mentioned it before, but just wanted to say it again since ppl are getting started with Fall 2009 NROTC scholarship apps. do not use the save feature to slowly build up your app over a period of several weeks, unless you are completely ok with your recruiter (who you may not even know yet) checking out whatever you save into your app and even taking actions on it before you're done (like calling up your references without first even letting you know). i took almost 2 months on my app, and slowly worked on it and edited it, all the time not officially submitting it, but just using the save feature on the app to slowly build it up. in the meantime, as i found out later, not only did my recruiter check out my app-in-progress, but he went ahead and contacted the placeholder references i had, with actually a bad consequence for me (although i survived it obviously since i did get a scholarship). but now i am a spokesperson for not using the save feature in the app! learn from my mistake ppl! LOL! after you are totally done with your app, you can use your recruiter. cut and paste all your answers and essays from MS Word into the app, use the save feature, and give your recruiter a call. ask him to look over your app BEFORE you officially submit it. he can give you a lot of advice, even on your essays. you can give everything a final edit after you get your recruiters comments and the submit it all. final warning, after an app is officially submitted, it is almost impossible to change. i accidentally left off my app that i was on the NJROTC drill team, and even my recruiter was not able to add it to my app. so be sure you think about everything you have done already and everything you expect to do in your senior year, and put it all down. just mark all the stuff you expect to do or win in your senior year in your "details" with a comment that it is "projected" or "planned" and you should be good to go. because if you don't put it down because you think it might not happen, but then next school year it does happen, well, you'll be out of luck to get it added to your app. GL everyone for Fall 2009!