New dad to forum. I have a son that is applying to WP, NA, and AFA. Perhaps we are crazy, but I do not have a military background and wish for him to look closely at each option as they present somewhat different opportunities for education and service. Thank goodness most of the applications are near completion. I am trying to learn as much as possible so that I can at least provide some perspective through the eyes of someone who has raised a family rather than merely those of a 17 y/o, since he will likely be career military. We have visited West Point and have been told he has a letter of assurance in the mail. I am looking forward to scheduled trips to NA and AFA. He is pretty much in love with the idea of West Point at present. It is a lot of work. I am wondering if I am crazy to continue looking at the other options. I guess my biggest fears are of him being a ground troop, as that is a bit more up close and personal in battle with respect to other branches (other than special forces or Marines). Looking for more info, lots of questions to help guide. In the end it is his choice.