I just joined this forum at my daughter's suggestion. My daughter is a sophomore in high school and has been talking about going to one of the service academies for several years now. She does not come from a military background, so this is all coming from her. Of course, what this also means is that I know nothing about the military except what I read. So while I am very happy that she has such an admirable goal and is working very hard toward that goal, I am also very nervous that this path will ultimately lead her to be put in harm's way. She's my only child! So this is my dilemna. She knows my views, but she also knows that I will support her 150% if this is the direction she chooses. And that I would be very proud of her if she got in to one of the academies. I know that she would be getting an excellent education and its a really laudable profession. But do other parents have mixed feelings about this and what is your advice to me? Thanks so much, and I'm so glad my daughter brought this forum to my attention.