As Dad with zero military background, and very little knowledge of the services I was dumbfounded when my DD wanted to pursue this type of education and ultimate career choice. Although I am not a frequent poster, I am an avid reader of the postings. When ever a question has come up I know exactly where to turn and most often the topic has already been covered and answered. Rarely is there a "snarky" answer and no competivness among parents and prospective students, just encouragment and assistance. I am very thankful to the posters and moderators. With that said I have some questions: 1. How important is a plan ABC? DD: SA's, ROTC, Private/Public Colleges? Sound right? 2. The congressional appointment process: Is it as grueling as it sounds? We've been to an informational meeting and there were far less prospective students than I would have anticipated. 3. Females in the services? Tougher to get in as I note the ratio is more males than females, as I would anticipated it would be. Assaults (my wife's fear). My feeling is these kids are the best of the best, I'd certainly feel better with a DD in a SA than ANY large public university.