I know this thread may offend some people, it is not my intention to do that but I am expressing what we have experienced so far at KP. We are hearing so many different versions of the rules all the time, from DS as well as from forums and the KP website/parent site that we are wondering if the powers that be are making clear to new plebes, the CTO's and DI's as well as parents what it really expects of everybody. We now understand that there is to be no facebook nor skyping at all, no food accepted in the mail to plebes, and that there are no printers (although a refund is coming -- I don't care about the money part) The most disappointing thing is that I often feel the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing. We only learned about the printers via this forum, not through the academy at all. And the NCAA food list was posted here before the academy as well. It seems that the rest of the rules are sketchy at best because how the other things are handled seems to depend solely on each company's leadership, not a real hard and fast rule that applies to all students equally. It turns out I did send a box of goodies, before the "no-no" on the website, and it was taken away. Just wish I had known, wasted about $40 there, oh well. I hope someone ate the stuff. Other companies have been allowed to eat what has been sent though, so wondering about the big NCAA food list restriction. I am just the kind of person who, if told these are the rules and stick to them, I do. But, I am not seeing consistency in what KP wants their rules to be. Perhaps there isn't a clear mission here. I did expect more leadership from the leadership. Maybe I expect too much. I expected it to be more "military-like" if you will. But, I guess it is mostly an academy geared toward producing merchant mariners, rather than other branches of service. I do worry about it being the best place for our DS to achieve his military goals, I hope it is. It seems like some view it as the (I hope I do not offend here) "ugly stepchild" of the 5 academies. Why is this? It seems like it has the potential to be as good as the others but somehow has had some problems?