Haha...if he decides based on who has the nicer portfolio, it's Army, hands down! The Navy certificate is nice, but Army uses a higher grade cover and the picture is way snazzier. I don't think his decision will be based on anything quite so superficial, however.
I didn't hug the mailman, as I am at work when he delivers the mail. It was rubber-banded to the box, so son brought it in and opened it. It was on the mantle when I arrived. Army sent via FedEx...I was home when it came.
XChefMike: sports...not much I can say on that one...but that will not play into the decision, except for the one my son plans to participate in. He is involved in an individual sport, so even if the team does not win, he can still receive accolades. He is trying to make his decision based on career and long term plans. He is trying to take his sport out of the picture, as he could get injured or ineligible, or many other scenarios. He's a very, very lucky young man to have these two great options. We are very proud of him. He cannot make a wrong choice, in my opinion.
You are right the final choice will rest in which officer career path your son is most suited for. I along with my wife would be just as proud of our son in any of the service academies. He has one from USMMA as well and it was more of a back up as his heart was Navy Blue all the way. Mike Wrestles as well so I Know how an individual sport plays into the equation. I hope your son the very best. Mike wants to be a Marine or Naval Aviator, with SWO as a second choice, but as all things with young folks go that is subject to change as they take their summer cruises to get a feel for the different specialties.
We had/have a great letter carrier in my neighborhood. He was stationed on an aircraft carrier. We did the typical holiday bonus in an envelope, sometimes we'd meet him at the top of our driveway and talk for a little awhile.
Somehow he was kept informed of the whole process while I was applying to academies.
When the CGA appointment came, he hand delivered it to the front door, braving multiple very friendly dogs to ring the doorbell and hand over the appointment.
Good luck with the decision process, remember it isn't always about the school, but the branch and service required after. Go with where he wants to see himself in five years, not in one.