Congratulations to all the new appointees! You've worked hard for a very long time to get here, so ENJOY it! My oldest son received his LOA and early appointment for the AFA class of 2015. Because he received his early appointment, he (nor we as parents) felt it necessary to pursue a plan "B". In the weeks before I-day, he caught a cold. That simple cold, in a matter of days, turned into viral encephalopathy (meningitis). He was hospitalized for several days, but pulled through with no long-term effects. Most with viral meningitis are not so lucky. However, he lost his medically qualified status and, in the end, his appointment. The fear was increased probability of seizures. He understood, we as parents understood, but I can assure you it was heartbreaking (gut wrenching actually). Here he was, quite literally at the last minute, without having applied to another college, much less scholarships. In the end, he was accepted to a university, and through the diligence of an understanding administration, also received a honors program scholarship. He's now a Junior working on a Computer Science degree. (Note that an ROTC scholarship as a Plan "B" would have been rescinded as well!) My second son is now an AFA and USNA candidate with a nomination and awaiting news of appointment. Even if he gets his appointment, he will still pursue a Plan "B" (and a Plan "C"!) All it takes is an illness, a minor accident, or some other stroke of bad luck. Those with the early appointments are more likely to be in this kind of position so please, don't stop short of anything but a solid, workable Plan "B"! Again, I congratulate our class of 2018 appointees! Be safe out there!