The suggestion that i am part of any herd gives me and would give those who know me a chuckle, but I'll own the fact that I am very proud, not that my son was admitted to USMA (and two other academies), but because he was drawn to them in the first place. And further, although both my wife and I had genuine concerns and reservations about our son going to West Point, and the obligations which follow, and I have had a few points of criticism over the past year and a half, West Point is beyond a tremendous institution, which truly seeks out and trains those who wish to become great leaders, and it has done a fine job at that for a couple centuries. With all due respect, there is strong distinction between believing that USMA is an outstanding school/institution, with a foundation built on historical accomplishment, and "drinking the koolaid", as you suggest Velveteen. To the extent that you don't believe in the mission of West Point or the other academies, or feel the desire to express your disappointment that your son chose WP over a "better college", I wont go further with this since I strongly suspect that my points will fall on deaf ears with you; and , respectfully, "you wouldn't understand". As for those who do, however, congratulations on the achievements and character of your sons and daughters. May the blessings and good fortune of God continue to remain with them! GO ARMY!!