As the rising seniors are beginning to work toward their service academy appointments, I want to remind them to have a solid back up plan. Even if they are appointed, it may not be for them. There are always some new cadets/mids/etc..that get to the SA and realize it is not what they want. What happens if you quit and it's July or August and you have no plan? Although it's good to feel like you will not quit and don't need a plan, it's also advisable to have a "just in case" scenario worked out. There are kids who never thought they wanted anything but USXA, but once there, totally change their mind. I have heard from parents recently who have said, "he's coming home...and to what?? No job, no back up school...what is he going to do??" This is tough on the whole family...so while working toward the appointment, please work on your plan B as well...you just never know.