What a remarkable time of year this is. Many celebrating that BFE and others receiving the TWE with chagrin. My family has been through this process twice, and is about to begin a third campaign. Wonderful are the feelings when the BFE arrives. Great satisfaction for the young man or woman in realizing a dream come true. A dream that has been fueled by years and years of hard work, clean living, and good luck. Tremendous and well deserved pride for the parent. You raised a fine young person. On the other hand are the families that have worked just as hard and sacrificed just as much only to see their DD or DS open that letter that they had feared would come. A crushing blow for most. Of course they can apply again, and they can persevere if they persist in shaping their future whether it includes an academy or not. I ache for those that have tried so hard and come up short. Plan B's and C's come into play, and the self esteem of gifted young people take a hit. Even more heartbraking are those that fail the DODMERB physicals on their way to fulfilling dreams of being military officers. The fallback plan is much more harsh for them. No military career without that waiver. This is a cruel and harsh blow. My heart goes out to you. It is easy to celebrate the well deserved appointments, but let's not forget the gifted many that don't receive them. That mixture of hard work, preparation, and talent was surely there, and with a little luck they too may have been issued an appointment. All of you that suffered the disappointment of not being selected already know that to even be in the mix indicates a wonderful type of kid... one that has the tools to succeed. My best to you all. Everone of you are winners!