Hi all, been lurking for a few months here looking through threads whenever I have a few questions about the process of becoming an officer in the armed forces, thought I would drop some questions about of my own about NROTC since I've been seeing a lot of terms that make me somewhat nervous and that aren't explained well. First of all, I'm probably already late to the game, and was wondering which schools in particular are competetitve for NROTC scholarships. I have Texas A&M as my first choice and a few others on there which are long shots, like Yale and Rice, so I threw Embry Riddle on since it had much lower admission requirements... although I then read on their website NROTC is highly competitive there and most scholarships are filled by early selection boards. My main goal is to be an officer in the navy, and while I would like to attend a decent school, I don't want to fill my 5 choices with schools that I'd be hard-pressed to get a scholarship to. Second, who do I contact as my recruiter / coordinator, or furthermore, who even are these people? My local navy recruiting station? Will I get assigned one once I complete the application like how it works with USNA pre-apps? Some clarification towards these lines would help a lot. And third, is a CFA required before my application will be looked at by a board? I noticed that it talked about submitting these scores to my recruiting station and such, so I'm not sure if that is part of the preliminary application process. My physical scores would probably be my biggest weakness, which is why I want to try to train as much as possible before I get a run in, but am wondering if waiting too long will jeopardize my chances altogether. Compared to academics, how much of a factor are physical scores in being rewarded a scholarship? Academically I am very strong, but my 7:00 mile and 45 or so pushups might drag me down a bit. Also this forum is pretty neat, amazing to see so many people volunteering their free time to help young people reach for their dreams!