When one applies for NROTC (I know this is true for Navy but I'm not sure about Marine option), they select their desired job (for lack of a better word) in the Navy upon commission (submarines, special warfare, aviation, etc.) They are also asked to write a short essay about why they selected this field. However, the freshman summer cruise (CONTRAMID) exposes you to all fields of the Navy, where you spend a week with naval aviators, surface warfare, submarines, and Marines. This leads me to believe that you do not necessarily have to declare what you intend to pursue until much later. If this is the case, why do they even ask what you want to pursue in the application at all? Does it have any bearing on who gets the scholarship? If not, why do they have such a section?