Our son seem motivated to seek admission in a full academy or as NROTC, but we as parents are not sure if we can support his decision. He did the summer seminar and now preparing his application. Of course, the value of almost free education is great but why and how could we send our kid harms way? For a smart kid (GPA 4.3 due to AP courses), why should Naval academy be a choice. Questions ringing in my head. How often they are sent to fight as an Engineer, he aspires to be one? What do Engineers in Navy do when sent to war, say in Afganistan or Iraq?