I know this may seem like a generic question, but it is one I have had the most trouble getting a direct answer. And it is this, if I wanted to have the best chance at getting a pilot slot, is there an overall better chance at the Academy or in NROTC? I was recently in San Diego, checking out UCSD and what a regular college life would look like. I made sure to look at the NROTC program down there (one of the top in the nation), and I actually met with the C.O. of the unit, but when I popped this question, he grinned and after about 5 seconds went off topic, not answering my question. I had the same trouble with some Marine PLC recruiters down there as well. I'm not exactly positive on how true this is, but one of the briefers at the Academy told me that 98% of graduates from the Academy get their first or second choices regarding career choice. Now if this is true, this means I have either a 98% (or relatively close) chance at flying for the Navy or Marine Corps, which is my ultimate goal. Looking further down the road, I want to try and ensure I have the best chance at receiving a pilot slot, either through the Academy, NROTC, or maybe even PLC. It sounds like the Academy is the place to go, but from naval aviators I've talked to along the way (both NROTC and Academy grads), they generally say that chances are about even. I hope I don't annoy those reading this too much, but I'm just looking for the most info before I make the right decision.