Hello everyone, I am a mom of a 2012 candidate (son). I love my son dearly so naturally, I support his decision to attend a Service Academy. However, I was not raised in a military family so I am truly clueless about the military lifestyle. The many steps to obtain an appointment to the Academy is shocking! Thank you to all for sharing your experiences on this forum. The site has been an invaluable source of information for me and my son. My son would be on here posting questions, but he is so busy trying to keep up with his schoolwork and his pursuit for an appointment, as well as applying to colleges as a backup plan. The list goes on, but I won't bore you with the details. Hopefully, everything will fall into place for him soon so that he can relax a little and enjoy his last months of high school. I look forward to breathing easier and spending more time with him before he dashes off to become a man. Thank you and God Bless!