My son is starting his junior year, so it's time to narrow down his list of colleges to apply to. USNA is his first choice, of course, and thanks to a lot of extremely valuable advice we have read on different threads here, he already has many ideas on how to increase his competitiveness (so we are hopeful.) However, reality is reality and we both know he needs Plan B schools. He has spent a lot of time looking, and there are a lot of schools out there. He is having a hard time narrowing it down to 5 or 6. I personally think having some "real world" advice would help a lot, so I thought I would ask on here. First of all, he wants to be a pilot while in the military (his first choice is Navy) and he hopes to stay in for 20+ years. He wants to get an Aeronautical Engineering degree, because he wants to be involved with design and development after the military. I believe he would prefer a military college to a civilian college, but of course either way he wants to be in the NROTC. Does anyone have any advice on which military or civilian colleges he should look into? Are there any Navy pilots or parents who would like to share their school of choice? Any advice from anyone would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!