Hello GAL. I've posted on here before about becoming a military officer and since then, have made some decisions. I've decided that I want to be in the Army instead of the Marines. Why? I feel like I would get more choice with what I want to do with the Army. With the Marines, I feel like I'd get screwed over and end up being unhappy with my military career, which is never a good thing.
I've been talking with a recruiter who has been very helpful. I told him straight up that I want to go to college first and do ROTC and he gave me all the facts that I needed to know. I looked at them with my parents and I came to the conclusion that I want to take the officer route.
Along with ROTC, I am interested in applying to West Point. Before you go off and tell me what I need to do, I know what the requirements are and know how rigorous the application process is. I'm working on talking with my regional commander and getting to know him. I have many connections to the military and to my congressmen/women, so I'm not sure that a nomination should be too hard to come by, even though that they can only choose 10 individuals to select for a nomination.
Despite all of this, I am having some troubles. Since I am a junior in high school, I haven't taken the ACT yet. My recruiter has told me to take it early and take it often. I took a prerequisite test in May of this year and it said that I am projected to score from a 26-30. Obviously, I'm shooting for the higher score and I wish to get AT LEAST a 30.
Along with my ACT dilemma, I'm not sure what to say in my letters to my congressmen. Obviously I should give all my basic info, why I want to go, etc etc.
If I don't get into West Point, I won't be heartbroken. I always have ROTC to fall back on. However, if I don't get in and go with ROTC, I was considering SMP (simultaneous membership program), where I enlist in the reserves and go to college and do ROTC at the same time. It'd help pay for school and I would have prior experience when I graduate, giving me a leg up on other officer candidates.
So to sum this all up, what should I do about my ACT and applications? If anybody has gone through ROTC or had any experience with it and/or West Point, please feel free to give a reply. Thanks.