First a comment: I think that anyone who has the opportunity to study and train at one of the Nation's Service Academies is a very fortunate person. They are all exceptional institutions. That being said, I had the opportunity to attend the 2009 Graduation Ceremony in New London. I noted how many graduates had active or retired Naval Officers for parents. I am sure when these new Coast Guard Ensigns discussed an Academy education there was much dialogue and examination of each institution. I think it says a lot about the Coast Guard Academy and the Coast Guard when your parents are Naval Officers and their offspring decide to attend the sister sea service's academy. I know it is ultimately the decision of the attendee, but I can assure you the decision is not made without the input of the parents particularly when the parent is active or retired military. Congratulations to the Ensigns from the Class of 2009.