As I read the posts from "parents in waiting" and "hopefuls" I have been trying to remember the order of the process---it might help them to know just where in the process they are ---correct me if I'm wrong. -first the application- -then the candidate number- -the 3Q confirmation- -followed by a Blue and gold officer interview -next the interviews with representatives-- -followed by a letter of conditional appointment-- -after all that comes the nomination- -------Then the BFE-or actual letter of appointment. I'm sure they understand the difference in a conditional LOA and a BFE. When we started on this ride we were clueless about where we really were and I thought there may be others out there with a checklist so to speak. I think the interviews and conditional appointments are interchangeable seems like DS got a conditional letter before he had interviews can't remember---seems like years since then --has he really only been gone 5 months!