West Point is becoming an increasingly realistic prospect for me, and my parents are becoming increasingly concerned. I'm asking this to assuage my father's fears: He is under the impression that was an officer, regardless of my branch, I'll be intentionally ordered to fight/go on patrol/etc. I understand that in Iraq (even though we're supposed to be out by 2010) anybody who drives somewhere can be in a violent situation. But do soldiers who branch, say, finance (not my dream right now) get sent on patrol or anything like that? I know that artillery (though that's a combat branch) guys get sent on patrol in Iraq like infantary. I really just want to be able to tell him that I could graduate from USMA and potentially avoid unusual danger. If my parents knew that was a possibility (is it?), they might be a little more accepting of my decision.