The military academies provide a great education and a world of other opportunities that regular colleges don't offer. With that being said, the bottom line is your DS or DD might have to pull the trigger or call in a fire mission. Boxing is required and is staying at the service academies. Our military can't fight if they don't know how.. My DS thinks his boxing skills have improved so much he wants to challenge this Marine over Thanksgiving break. P.S. Thanks again for this forum it was helpful in my DS journey to the Academy. In response to that paper in NYC.