With respect, it is inappropriate for the moderator to cut off a thread that is the subject of profound interest and concern to the members of the forum. I have followed these forums for many months and have found them a useful source of factual information and varied, experienced perspectives from many posters and moderaters as candidates' families weigh important decisions and navigate the complex process of applying to service academies. But on the topic of DoDMERB's ongoing IT problems, I have encountered only stonewalling and doubletalk, and for the last several weeks resolute silence, from those who might have some useful or factual information to share, as well as an unwillingness on the part of this moderator even to allow the issue to be discussed. The loss of the DoDMERB site has caused this family considerable anxiety and inconvenience, and I'm sure it has for others as well. Had we had candid information on the nature and seriousness of the problem (insofar as national security allows), we might have proceeded differently. I am disappointed that DoDMERB has shown in this matter no sense of accountability to its clients (that's us) or sense of obligation to be forthcoming about the nature of the problem or the prospects for resumption of service on the portal. Whatever may be happening along the chain of command, that is of little practical value to us on the civilian side who have to make profoundly important decisions about our candidates' lives. So, kp, let people air their concerns and questions. That's my understanding of what the forum is for, not as a public relations arm of the DoD. It's apparent that something really bad happened at DoDMERB, and it's almost entertaining to speculate what that might be. I know the rumor mill around the academies is pretty lively. But I'd rather just have a straight answer that demonstrates some respect for the difficulties we face as a result of their problems and provides enough information that people can make informed decisions. For anyone who is wondering, the site has been down since Jan. 20.