I am very thankful for the guidance from those posting and answering questions on these SA Boards. These forums have been very helpful while my DS navigated the demanding Academy application process. Now that he has offers in hand, he has a difficult choice among great opportunities. He says he wants a long military career (I know, all plans are subject to change). We are very excited for him. I do have a question about the different pathways to become an officer. In looking past the Academy/college it seems that entrance into an immediate postgraduate program (especially medicine) is more likely available out of NROTC. However, one comment that I’ve seen multiple times from very seasoned posters is that once you are commissioned as an URL officer, it makes little difference from which source you came. Or that no one cares whether you were commissioned out of the USNA, NROTC, or OCS. I recently watched and highly recommend USNA Superintendent VADM Carter’s talk at Johns Hopkins Physics Laboratory. (The following info begins at the 29 minute mark of the video). In this talk, he cited 2014 statistics for Naval officer ascension. USNA grads supplied approximately 30% of all Naval URL officers, but accounted for ~40% of Captains, ~60% of 2 star select level, ~75% of 3 stars, and an eye-popping 80-90% of 4 star flag level officers. He acknowledges that this is not the only measure of success in the Navy but it sure is a tangible one. I am not sure of the reason for this disparity. Could it be that those choosing to attend the Academy also more often choose longer military careers? Are they more efficient in rising through the ranks? Or is there another reason to account for this difference? These statistics also don’t seem to support the thought that all roads leading to a commission are equal. Of course, these are general stats and ultimate success is mostly up to each individual. Any thoughts on this subject are appreciated.