The DS loaded up the Jeep and left for school with his girlfriend (who is also local and attends same college... and I'm never sure about who's a friend and whose a girlfriend these days... they're "talking") this AM. Taco seasoned beef tips are cooking on the Jeep's manifold and should be ready about lunch time. It was great to see him and we managed to have a few good, but all too brief, late night chats... just us guys. I am a bit concerned about him this semester. He'll be serving as a Platoon Seargent. There is also Drill Team, Endurance Team, and Boat Crew. Apparently he is also handling a fire team leader slot for Semper Fi club. Not sure what this entails but I know it's going to take some level of time and effort. Also because he is on the Endurance Team he gets to do what they call Breakfast Club. It's their OCS prep course (heavy PT and training) 5 mornings a week at 05:30. Normally he wouldn't do this until next year but because he's on the Endurance Team Candidate List he gets to do Breakfast Club and is quite excited about it. Of course there are the normal academics and I'm sure he'll keep up with the Ballroom Dancing club once a week. Sooo.... as we discussed in one of our late night chats he will encounter some severe stress this year trying to handle it all. I'm worried he's bitten off more than he can chew. Hopefully he will only bend and not break but it will all be difficult to monitor from here. Time for him to be a big boy and know when to cut his losses if necessary. Of course he might surprise me and manage it all swimmingly... that's more often the case than not these days. NROTC has been very good to him and for him. We are blessed.