My DS has received a Congressional and a Senatorial nomination to the USAFA and then also a Congressional nomination to USNA and also West Point. USAFA asked him to retake his CFA in December, (and he did) showing major improvement in all areas except pushups. West Point recently sent him a message that they are concerned about his BMI based on DODMERB findings. His medical physical was completed back in July, so why would they only now be questioning it? He is a three sport athlete, and neither the AFA or the NA have questioned this. He is certainly in shape, but at 6'3" tall, with a large frame, his weight is on the high side of the "chart". All of this is concerning and confusing. Going from a football champion lineman to a hockey forward, and then to a track thrower should mean something in all of this (all while taking only AP classes and college math classes). He is no slacker...and yet, I think he is starting to feel like maybe they are going to constantly question his abilities. Meanwhile, there are colleges who want him for football (which would mean he needs to bulk up), and yet he is holding out for an academy appointment and/or a college with a stellar Aerospace Engineering program. These back and forth details are pushing all of us to the limit. I wish we had that darned crystal ball. He does not want to accept a college offer (none are full rides) because he believes in keeping his promises, if he accepts it, then THAT is where he will go. Limbo is how we are all feeling. (I have a feeling there are many of you feeling the same.) I know this process is long and competitive for a reason, but there are days when I am wondering if he has made the right choices. His integrity and strengths are apparent as I watch this 17 year old make some very grown up decisions. I guess this is nothing more than a mom's ramble to people (you) who probably "get it" more than anyone else. The average person has NO IDEA just how stressful and crazy this whole military academy process can be. Had any of you who are already in the AFA accepted a college offer and started that path before you were offered an appointment? If so, how do you handle the big decisions that go along with it. I am afraid if DS does nothing, he will be left with nothing in the end if none of the academies take him...SIGH Thanks for reading a mom's confusing ramblings!