Hello! I am here to introduce myself. I am the mother of three teens- the oldest of which is applying for the Air Force Academy. We are not a military family, I am not used to this. To be honest, I am scared. We spoke to the USAFA representative today- after our meeting I feel a little better. No one wants to possibly send their kid into a potentially combative situation. Regardless of how you feel about the current administration, trouble seems afoot. (I promise I am not here to pick fights- just calling it as I see it.) Since 4th grade my oldest has had a heart for public service- specifically higher office (probably like a LOT of kids here, I am sure.) All of the things my son has done up to this point have all been on him- with three of kids in quick succession I don't have time to be a Tiger Mom, lol! He is outgoing, the top of his class and a natural born leader (not to mention, student body president, in the symphony, sports, you name it- Mr. All American.) To achieve his goals, he would like to get his law degree- and being firmly middle class, his dad and I can't afford to make him into one. Between the educational opportunities AND the military experience he will have part of the toolkit to become what he wants to be. As a mom, I have to admit I am incredibly nervous. Giving your kid up to the military is a big decision- but as he spreads his wings and becomes himself, I can only guide him and let him make the best decision for his own future. Regardless of how it goes, I will support his decision fully. So, that's me- in a nice neat little package. Feel free to ask me any questions- I want you to know me as well as get to know you.