Hi I am a parent of a rising Junior [High school] who is interested in the USNA. He did his initial application 2 weeks ago and was informed last week that he will be a candidate for the next step. He is first generation applicant. We have no one in the military [ever]. So completely new to the process. I want to encourage and support my son in what ever he wants to do. Please help with some of the questions. 1) Can any one guide us what we should or should not do? 2) BGO - Is he some one we can contact with the application questions ? [like what I am asking this forum] or he is more official and is only for the "interview". 3) My son does not know his 11 grade English teacher so well[we know this because when she filled a reference for a local hospital volunteering she said she did not know him very well but gave good remarks] but knows his 10 grade English teacher very well. Can she be used for English reference [if he applies now before the start of the senior year - since it says current or lat year's English teacher]. We are at the stage of getting references. Next will be to apply for nominations from the senators and congressman. If it is okay, we will sound off on this forum with questions as they arise. Thanks for your help.