I pushed continuously for 11 months to get in and was finally accepted. There were a few waivers and a fair amount of letter writing on my part and the part of others.
My family is proud of me (Dad's a retired Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate from the Coast Guard Reserve), Mom's proud of my service AND persistance. My girlfiend is proud of me but also nervous, that's to be expected.
I say PUSH HARD if you want it. Don't give up. If they say 'Maybe' it doesn't mean 'No'. Check with ALL branches. The Army Nat'l Guard seems to take some of us that the Air Guard wouldn't.
Best of luck to you.