Congratulations to all who have received appointments - many many more will be coming out in the next few months. For those who have appointments, LOA and are even on the Waiting list - there are things you can be doing now to make "crunch time" easier.... Parents - Yes, this is your childs journey but the paperwork is overwhelming. Your child will probably have questions and need your guidance and assistance with a couple of things - 1. Medical Forms. It's a good idea now to schedule an appointment for a physical and get "caught up" on all the teenage shots. Even going to a civilian college there will probably be some required. Some vaccines require a series of shots and some may not be readily available at your family doctor or pediatrician. Many communities have a Travel Immunization center that can help you. Females should also visit the gyn if necessary. If cramps and/or heavy periods are a problem and could interfere with Summer Training the gyn can help out here before going away. 2. Visit the Dentist - I know West Point requires panoramic x-rays to be sent. It's a good time to get that cleaning and any issues resolved. If wisdom teeth need to come out then do it now. 3. Eye Exam - you will get a form for the eye doctor to complete if your child wears glasses - this is so they can make the lovely BCG's. Good time to schedule that eye exam. 4. Passport - it's a good idea to go ahead and get that passport now, before going to the academy. Then if an overseas opportunity arises they have it. 5. For USMA candidates - you will get a boot/shoe authorization letter. You can get these if/when you visit WP or a number of military installations. You can also order online. If you order from a military installation or online they will be much much cheaper. After the boots/shoes are acquired it is your son/daughter's responsibility to properly break in their feet. Spring will be upon us soon - spring sports, spring vacation, AP tests, graduations - a little planning now can help to aleiviate a lot of stress later!