thought I would introduce myself. I have been reading posts here for a few weeks, trying to wrap my mind around all of this! I am the mother of a son hoping to attend USMA, or if not possible, go the ROTC route either through Texas A&M or Okla State Univ ROTC. He is currently a freshman in H.S. We are in a very rural area of Oklahoma. We are not a military family. a quick question I have is how the academy views participation in the Civil Air Patrol? My son has recently joined a composite squadron and is very excited and pumped to "get involved." This squadron meets 2 hours away from our home, so our commute to and from the meetings is quite a commitment. Our hope, though, is that the glimpse of military organization, order, etc. of the CAP will help our son determine for sure if this is where he fits. He is ranked 1st in his class, has lots of leadership involvement and is running track this year, BTW. thanks for your input on CAP.