2 letters from DS arrived 3 and 4 days after mailing (but we live in the boondocks and guaranteed overnight delivery always takes 2 days). The hardest part of Beast so far for DS was getting yelled at by a woman. He had to try very hard not to laugh. He was in trouble 5 times. First, for crossing ' a red tape' right after exiting the '3 hour air conditioned cushy amphitheater talk' (which we did not attend) with the 2021 class and rounding the corner where parents could not see what happens, Second for staying up too late, Third, for getting up too early... !!! Fourth, he packed too much stuff (28 # ), and so he had to carry a box for 20 minutes. 5th, he was looking at uniforms and buildings.... ("...but they are cool!") Apparently he really needs a credit card. We set up his USAA account, but he did not have the password. Math placement tests were completed but he was advised that since he did not take ap calculus, he might not pass out of it. (He took an online do it yourself state university class as his school had no calculus.) Issued M4 during the first week, which they must carry all the time. He asked for pictures, which is confusing to me as instructions were that he could only have one 8x11 pic. He announced that USMA pays for travel home for holidays (we did not know that). He was cheated out of 2 pullups ("some girl was holding my ankles...") Pull up instructor advised him to try out for boxing (Mama was not excited about that). Church service is nondenominational ("not what I am used to") PTs are very easy and he "mostly just kind of looks around at people....dips...chinups....a little running...pushups....all easy...". "My two roommates are great. one went to USMAPS and showed me how to make the bed. He knows everything. We are the best in our squad because we help each other, and we all work really hard." The atmosphere is precisely identical to his high school - Christian boarding school - "monitored at all times. food just OK, but we had steak once. Many international students. iconic buildings. no happiness allowed...." but "I plan on staying.... at least one year...."