My son is an Early Action applicant at the USCGA. Its been a long ride, going back to before he attended AIM, and culminating this week with the submission of his completed package. We all know that we can't "will" them a spot, or do it for them; hopefully all of our kids have done their very best in the process, and whatever the outcome they can take satisfaction in that knowledge. I know this is something my son wants badly - I served as an enlisted US Marine, and later as a commissioned officer in the Navy, so he has been raised with an appreciation for the importance of service. I'm sure he will find a way to accomplish that even if he is not honored with an academy spot. My reason for writing is to thank all of you for your extraordinarily helpful strings and comments on this forum. While I have never posted before, I have read the chats repeatedly, and have learned so much that enabled me to help my son with the process. I am amazed at the quality of the young men and women we have read about on these strings, and the commitment of their parents in supporting them and helping them succeed. Good luck to all of you as the process rolls on - the unbearable waiting begins!