This is actually for both parents and appointed basic cadets. I know this is a very exciting time of year for you as parents, and of course, especially for your high school senior. And as appointments start rolling in and acceptances (with ALL those forms!) are placed, please keep this in mind: Each year at BCT, a few cadets are injured or become ill and are not able to finish BCT and receive a "medical turnback" - essentially giving the basic a year to go home, heal up, and come back without going through all the hoops again (though of course, with a medical turnback, there will be medical hoops). Some basics get to BCT and realize - oh! no! - this is not what I want to do! Anyway, for myriad reasons, every summer, some basics either get turned back or decide to DOR (Drop on Request - get used to those acronyms). It happens, and sometimes happens when one least expects it. It is a prudent parent who will keep open the door to Plan B - even if it is at community college. For my sons, their plan B was a private college (two different ones). One allowed us to hold his space in the class and dorm with the $200 deposit (which they kindly, graciously, returned to us when he made it through BCT and knew he wanted to stay). The other said they would hold a spot but charged us $500 for the dorm deposit and $250 for fees. We paid it thinking of how much we were not spending to send him to college there ($60K per year! INSANE!!!), and this particular college was neither gracious nor kindly in NOT returning either deposit. While not terribly nice, we chalked it up to the cost of doing business. Some parents and students do not have a Plan B, thinking "if I allow for XXX College, I'll be tempted to leave USAFA when things get hard." I get that. But broken legs happen, appendices burst, and torn tendons make for difficult running. Realize: none of the above will make a difference after Acceptance Day (early August). But a basic is allowed only so many hours away for medical reasons during BCT. Just some musing from an old USAFA mom.