And making a sound and reasoned decision. This is the dilemma that my son is facing. He was offered a full appointment to USCGA and was ready to sign and commit that day. He was so adamant about CG that he was going to cancel his MOC NOM interviews. In the time since learning about his USCGA Appointment, he received an LOA from USMMA and was then offered the Primary Nomination to West Point from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Yes, it sounds funny to say it that way, but that's how my son keeps referring to the personal phone call that he received after being taking out of class one week ago today. The "WOW Factor" was in full effect. Now, everybody that he engages in college and career talks with that learn of his choice invariably intimate that obviously your going to choose West Point. It's making me crazy. People with no real knowledge or experience are encouraging the selection of the USMA because "West Point" is a household term. It's frustrating and unfair. I'm hoping that there is someone here that perhaps has faced this decision or knows of a way to get my son's feet back on the ground so that he might make a reasoned and rational choice about his education, service and career. I don't want to convince my son to attend USCGA anymore than I want other folks persuading him to attend USMA. Besides visiting both academies again, talking to alum, visiting bases, etc... What else can or should be done to help make the decision? My apologies to candidates and parents of candidates that are still waiting to hear good news about their own applications. I don't mean to be inconsiderate to your plight. That waiting is difficult and nerve racking. This is just a different type of angst that we were not prepared for. Any USCGA and/or USMA folks in a three hour radius from Richmond, VA want to meet with my son to discuss your experiences at the academy and in the service? We would be happy to travel to meet with you. Private message me if you are interested in doing that.