A million years ago when I was a HS senior, I applied for the the SAs and for ROTC scholarships. My father was active duty AF at the time, so I knew about military life. But after we visited the AFA, I said "NO WAY." I had my nomination but had not heard yet about an appointment or not. My parents said I should wait and turn it down after I received an appointment if I didn't want it. I knew that there was no chance I would be "able" to turn it down it was offered to me... so I pulled my application before I heard results. I ultimately ended up with a 3 year AF and a 4 year Army scholarship (and accepted the Army). I knew that academy life was not what I wanted. Everything worked out very well, and I know I made the right decision FOR ME. It is a difficult decision... talk to parents, guidance counselors, mentors, friends, academy and ROTC cadets and alumni, anyone whose insight you trust and then decide FOR YOU. Good luck.