You are definitely right Sir. I'd rather be an Officer of some kind than not at all. A good friend of mine who went through MARGRAD last year is now on his way to USS O'KANE on an inter-service exchange program. As a Mariner I could always sail with the Sealift Command as well. Doing RIMPAC with them was a blast.I know nothing about the MARGRAD program, except that there is such an animal; one of my HS classmates went that route after King's Point and a couple of years working in the commercial maritime world (and hating it). However, if your goal is to be a seagoing officer, I would not discount it, even if it's not your first choice. To be honest, I've seen a lot more Navy officers trying to get into the CG, than the other way 'round. You're better off getting into uniform and trying for an IST down the road (if your chosen service doesn't ring your chimes), than banging your head against the Navy OCS wall while you inch closer to aging out of any commissioning program. Just my $0.02.