I am a parent of a passed over in AROTC first round student. Obviously we all think our kids are the best so there is frustration but the hardest part is seeing people posting they have a 4yr award with GPAs/SAT/ACT lower than my son . His sport was 3yrs Varsity golf team -Captain Jr & Sr year, LKGA Jr Golfer of the year (Jr year); 4 years Navy League/NJROTC, National Flight Academy (Cadet of the flight), Basic Leadership Training Camp (Most improved cadet, Air Rifle and Bow highest scores), Co-Capt NJROTC Academic Team (4 individual awards), Color Guard, Co-creator and XO Mil Sim Air Soft Team, Congressional Intern Summer in DC and year round local offices (Senior intern at local office), 2015 Scottish Rite Americanism and Volunteer award (One NJROTC cadet per year selected), MENSA since 9, Nobel Foundation National Society of High School Scholars, 33 college credits not counting AP (started at 12 for DE, 9 credits are Honor College), UW GPA 3.53 (so far straight As this year so should be 3.8ish by end of this semester) Currently in Honors Calculus and Honors Physics All STEM classes College/AP or Honors ; ACT 29 (has a 35 in Reading) SAT super score CR 720 Math 620 Eng 620. Was told he was given full interview marks for both and had strong instructor recommendations. So why exactly was he passed over for kids with lower scores since obviously he isn't missing in the leadership or military/athletic areas. I am a T&P SCD Vet his dad is also a SCD Vet. His school selections are AUM #1 AROTC/ Norwich #1 NROTC #2 AROTC; VFM/MMI for AROTC ECP; FIU/USF AROTC & NROTC; Howard University for HBC Scholarship options NJROTC and just added on AROTC as did not have it on his app for 1st AROTC board. He did not have his NROTC done for first board but was put in for Jan and he also has his NJROTC second look apps for regular and HBC he is a native american so is a minority even at HBC. I honestly am wondering if the first board was just for the Big 3 Athletic applicants that already were scouted and offered since Football/Baseball and Basketball seem to be the only sports selected have on their resume. He just finished his FASFA but obviously Pell does not cover as much as a ROTC scholarship and if you don't complete ROTC you can't depend on a BA to get a commission. His goal is a military career not free school 5 and fly that is really frustrating when those not really wanting a military career take these slots away from serious mil track students. He already had to give up goal of SA since he turns 17 46 days after the deadline. But SA seem to be filled with people that are proud that they have no desire to actually serve past the min as AR/NG if there are this few slots why is AR/NG even an option? Only other info is AROTC degree Psychology and Navy is in for Physics but there are supposedly a few hundred Psychology slots opening but since not made Tier 1 or 2 only have added that info that is interested in Psychology program if needing candidates. The only thing we know he is having a possible issue is that he will be 16 for first couple of days of most of the schools Fall Semesters. Sorry just frustrating when you know hundreds of the limited slots are being taken by people with no real military goals other than as a resume fluffer. I guess as a Vet it is also not understanding why our kids are not in front of the 'free school' as little as you HAVE to give back people. Sorry for being 'that parent' but I know I can not be the only parent /applicant that is feeling the "WTH do you want from them/me?" when they see resumes of selected vs their resume and see a disparity towards Big 3 Athletics vs REAL WP selections.