I'm not sure where to post this question, so here goes. Our son applied for USNA class of 2012. He did not receive an appointment but did get an NROTC scholarship. He is seriously considering reapplying to USNA. His CO in the NROTC unit has told him that as long as his grades are good and he continues to do well in the unit, he will recommend him to USNA. Here's the problem: several of his NROTC instructors and upperclassmen are trying to discourage him from reapplying. They are telling him that out in the fleet, ROTC officers are more respected than USNA grads and that from what they've seen on summer cruises, the USNA mids have a hard time dealing with "freedom" and have had problems with drinking. He's also been told that if he wants to fly, he has a much better chance of getting a pilot slot from ROTC than he does from USNA. To me, a lot of this sounds like "friendly rivalry." He's not so sure and is starting to question whether he should go ahead with his plans. He wants to be an officer first and foremost, but he wants to be a good one as well. I truly do not want to incite a riot here, but would appreciate any and all comments.