i have just been reading the posts on these forums for the last 2 months or so and have finally worked up the courage to post here. my daughter got her letter of assurance last december and a follow up phone call from our MOC. She has been seriously considering the academy over the national universities that she was accepted into as well for reasons that include financial, educational opportunities and the fact that she wants to live away from home. as more of these acceptances come in, she now seems to be wavering. what would you tell her to encourage her to look at this path more over the others? sometimes (or most times) kids dont listen to us because we are just parents but would listen to others telling them the same thing. with all things equal is there any downside of graduating from the USAFA on future job applications. im sure there are a lot of parents out there with the same issues. basically what im asking for is advice on how to say "you should really consider this option over the others because..."