Application process simplified!

<p>Hello all, many thanks in advance for the information, it is much appreciated.
Basically, I am an American citizen (dependant of a retired U.S. servicemember), however I was born and raised in England. I've always wanted to join the USMC and was going to find somewhere to live near my family in the U.S. and enlist this year. However, I've started to feel I would really like to make a career out of it by going the officer route but still be in a military environment. However, I am struggling to grasp the ins and outs of the application process. I was wondering if anyone could help simplify it for me, what the individual steps I need to take are? I have no one to advise me here. I have taken my GCSE's and A-Levels in case anyone here is familiar with the British education system. I am now brushing up on my maths again as I have not studied it for around two years now, after which I will start preparing to take the SAT. However, beyond that, I'm not really sure what I need to do. What do I need to provide my congressman in order to try and secure a nomination? How do I set about doing so? (My state of residence is technically NC as this is the state my father is from). Thank you for your help.</p>

<p>Also, could anyone tell me roughly what the deadlines are for application? If I was lucky enough to even get in, I would really like to attend in summer 2012 as I will already be a year behind other students. Thank you again.</p>