We are very very very early in the class of 2013’s journey. A couple of bumps in the road have been communicated regarding flu virus, a quarantined company, dehydration etc. etc. These are more than likely not new experiences faced by the qualified and competent staff at Kings Point. Let’s be honest here. There is a broad level of parental experience on this board. ……(ranging from ZERO no children, to multiple children and spouse’s that have graduated from the academy) If the folks out there chose to, they can be a great resource for those of us that are first time parents in this situation. Like I said before, when my son is successful here, I promise to give back. He will earn me that right. It has not happened yet……we’ve always joked around, and I told him that I was not putting a window sticker on my car till he was a Second Classman (Junior I think) And please remember that each of these fine young Americans is NOT having the same experience at KP. Some are recruited athletes at the top of their game. Some are academically gifited beyond measure. Some had already developed relationships with coaches and team members prior to the first day of INDOC. Some are awkward and have never experienced anything like this. Some of those same candidates knew on paper what they were getting in to, but actually did not have a clue. Some DI’s are more laid back than others. Until you actually put the shoes on, you cannot walk in them. These young people put the shoes on…..bravo! Just like high school, the Captain of the football team and the Homecoming Queen have different experiences than the introverted socially challenged unathletic bookworm. It is what it is. And it will never change. Here, at KP, any successful candidate must find a way to succeed. They must rise to the occasion. That is their job……Regardless of which experience they are having or what their background is. In the interest of setting expectations, remember, we are going to lose approximately 100 of the 2013 I-Day candidates before graduation. That is a fact. (Injuries, Illness, low motivation , lower than acceptable abilities, etc.etc. will take their toll) But, I am not going to even give that another thought. Today my son is a candidate at the USMMA. I will write a letter to encourage and remind him he is not alone and has what it takes. I am thankful for the mother that posted she did not receive a phone call. Why, because now, if I don’t get one this Sunday it won’t bother me nearly as bad……why?....because of the posts from more experienced on here reminding us the call is not guaranteed, and that no news is indeed good news. Thanks everyone. I gotta get to work…………….