I'm currently waiting for my offer of appointment/ rejection to the Naval Academy. I'm hoping I do get the appointment, but I like to have back up plans. This thread will be written as though I've gotten rejected and will be applying again for the class of 2018. A bit of background: Currently a university freshman, taking Calc III, Physics II, ASTR150, and (Army) ROTC. This year of college has been paid for by financial aid, and if I get rejected from the Academy I can't afford anymore civilian schooling because I come from a family that doesn't have much money. If I get rejected, I plan on joining (enlist in) the Coast Guard Reserve (I have a good reason for wanting to do this instead of Navy reserve even though my dream is to be a Naval Officer, please just trust me on this) and let them help me with my next year of schooling and reapply to the Naval Academy for the class of 2018. I am very confident that if I get rejected this year I'll definitely get accepted next year. So my question is, will I still be able to apply to the Naval Academy if I enlist in the Coast Guard Reserve? I'm aware enlisted Navy sailors can, but what about other branches? If so, how different would the application process be and what would be my first steps? And also would it end my contract with the Coast Guard? Absolute worst case scenario: I keep getting rejected, stay in the USCG reserve until I get my degree, finish my enlistment and go to OCS for the Navy. Thank you in advance.