A few weeks ago, I received confirmation that I have been accepted as a USNA plebe sponsor. The reason I'm posting this is to get some advice from former mids and sponsors. First a little background. My family has lived 5 minutes from the yard for over 30 years. We have several close friends that have sponsored mids, so we have some firsthand knowledge of the routine. I'm a 62 year old Air Force Vet (SSGT), but also a great Navy fan. As a family, we enjoy sailing, crew, music, fishing, and all things Annapolis. We are not wealthy, but have a modest home near the water, and belong to a local yacht club (no not AYC ). We are preparing the house for the mids, and I think they will enjoy the area we have set aside for them. Our lower level is a large family room, professional pool table, fireplace, 50" LCD, stocked fridge with soft drinks, and a lot of well used comfortable furniture where the mids can kick their feet up, and relax without worrying about spilling anything on the upholstery. There is also a laundry on the same level, as I understand this will get a continuous workout. The point is, the mids can have total privacy on their own level without competition from family members. I've been told that most mids priority when at the sponsor’s home is sleep, eat, laundry, and watching movies. My family has wanted to sponsor for several years, but three years ago, my wife began a fight against cancer. After 18 months my wife and best friend of 32 years lost her battle, and the time since has been occupied with obvious challenges. . I have two wonderful boys at home, one 20 that goes to college locally and lives at home, and his older brother that moved back home a year ago to save money for photography equipment necessary for his growing business.I talked to the boys and asked how they felt, and they are as excited as I am abouthe sponsor program OK..So much for that long winded background. Now comes the questions. I'm trying to get a clearer picture of what most mids really look forward too, if that is a category that even possible to address. I'm going to a training class this week at the academy, and I'm sure some of this will come up. But I'd be interested to hear about some experiences and suggestions for both sponsors, and past mids. Also, would the mids hhave any problem with a family without a mom around? As you can guess.., this is a guys house now. Thanks so much for your time GO NAVY...BEAT ARMY !