My son is applying to the USNA, and this is a very real goal for him. His credentials are solid across the board. We live in a competitive state, and he has considered the worst case scenario of not getting in the first time around. If he does not get in, he is considering moving to South Dakota, North Dakota, or Wyoming and doing a gap year while focusing on maxing his ACT and SAT scores and staying in excellent shape (he has solid scores already in all those areas) while reapplying. He would have a physical address, and as parents we would not claim him as a dependent. The question I have is how long does he need to live there in order to get his nomination there and be considered a candidate from one of those states? He would probably work part time, so he would have a 1099 or w-2 as well. I realize this is very "out of the box", but he is very focused on the USNA and has no issue waiting a year and reapplying. Any and all input would be appreciated.