I was on these boards years ago when my son was looking for an appt to a Service Academy. The nomination came but with no waiver a service academy wasn't meant to be. He was accepted to Norwich, VMI, Citadel but ultimately decided to attend Texas A&M with a 4 year Army contract. He is finishing up grad school now and will commission in May and head off to MI (as a DMG he has received his first choice). I am happy to talk about the Corps experience from my perspective as a parent and *not* from an Aggie family. Also Army ROTC and study abroad...which we had extensive experience with.