Okay, our DS is there and a proud member of the Brigade. He's now asking about next summer and NOLS. I would appreciate any information about this program and alternatives. For one..is this mandatory? What is mandatory in the summer months b/t Plebe and Youngster years? Quite frankly the wife and I were knocked back quite a bit when we saw the cost of NOLS and wondered, "okay, does the Naval Academy pick any of this tab up?". It ain't cheap. We can do it but will probably have to sell a kidney. Yes, I'm kidding...I think. Any feedback, comments would be appreciated.