Hi - I have been lurking for a while and reading old posts, but have never posted myself. My story: my son is a junior in high school and prior to this year had been struggling in school (despite many tutors we hired) plus he had a major attitude problem at home. To make a long story short, we made the tough decision this year to send him to a military high school in South Carolina. He has only been there for 2 months but we are already seeing changes. His first quarter grades are fantastic (5 As and 2 Bs) and he seems to be working his way up the chain and doing well, according to his TAC officer. All of this has made me think that a SMC may be the way to go for college. Because his high school is in SC (we are from Ohio) about 20% of the kids at his school end up at the Citadel. I don't think the Citadel will be an option for us because the out of state tuition is ridiculous (and we don't want him to have loans) and I have read about the hazing, etc that goes on there. One of the moms of a cadet that went to my son's HS, has a freshman at the Citadel. He was assaulted in his own room by an upper classman and has a concussion. It wasn't a fight- he was assaulted by someone he didn't know. He will be medically discharged from the Citadel due to this (kid that did it to him was expelled). Anyway, this made me wonder - what is cadet life like at the other SMCs? I don't mind the yelling and discipline, but I am not going to pay money for my son to be hazed or abused. Does anyone have insight into how cadets are treated at the other SMCs? Any info is appreciated. Specifically I think we would be considering UNG, Norwich and maybe VMI.