From what I understand, you can be one of the lucky to get into the Naval Academy. The other route is through NROTC at a university. Someone asked me why my son would go through NROTC while in college (if not accepted into the Academy), when he could enlist after graduation from college and go to officer candidate school. I didn't know how to answer. Is this a definite alternative? My husband thinks that you have to apply to officer candidate school, and you might not be accepted. So then you've enlisted with a college degree, but no officer rank. Just curious. My son is still waiting to hear from the academy, no word yet on NROTC scholarship, but at least has been accepted to a number of great universities with NROTC programs (which he is determined to do with scholarship or not--and reapply to the Academy).