On this New Year's Eve, my thoughts are with the high school juniors, my DS among them, who begin the journey towards (hopefully) a USNA nomination as well as those stout-of-heart juniors, college students, and currently enlisted heroes who have already started. Each of you follow in the footsteps of current candidates who have either secured an appointment, are waiting anxiously to hear news, or who have with God's grace moved on to Plan B. May God bless each of you and your families. A new dawn beckons tomorrow and with it a path forward. Three pieces of free advice from this Old Salt. (1) Keep working hard and be true to yourselves. (2) Be patient with us parents. We are taking a step back, following your lead and saying little while praying more than you will ever know. Talk with us. (3) Believe in yourselves and "...be not afraid...."