Just wanted to assure all you parents, the old days of "Military Issued" are long past. They give these young people the best of everything. New Balance Running shoes/ with inserts, NorthFace Backpacks, Good Notebook computers, Sperry deck shoes, etc... All name brand excellent quality. I am rather frugal ......OK I'm a skin flint! My plebe had never had so much Cool stuff. It was like Christmas in June! Well better than Christmas in our house, the kids tell everyone I go around the house gathering their stuff and Re-wrapping it... hey I only do that with the gifts they get early so they don't forget ........ anyway , He couldn't get over it. I know we want to help give them every advantage, but trust me, the Academies have got it covered!