What do parents think of helicopter parents? Alumni, cadets and midshipmen have often mentioned helicopter parents, but as a parent, what have so seen? How much do you want to know? My mother and father checked in to make sure I was "happy" or "doing ok", offered supportive words, but that was really it. In fact, my mother wasn't 100% what my rank was, even after graduation. When do you stop focusing on an academy. There are a number of parents on SAF whose kids have long left a service academy. Do you stay around if your daughter or son is disenrolled? What it's in the first year, offering your opinion?