We are kind of concerned about our DS after a phone call recently. He doesn't seem very happy being made to stay in band. Although he really loves being around the other band members and doesn't mind the barracks, etc. he feels stuck somewhat. When asked if he wants to stay in band next year and he reluctantly said that it is ok, that he feels he has to but that he really has other interests. Our concern is: how do you get out of the band commitment if you want to pursue something else, ie. Marine Ops program, etc. He seems to think that he would be forced to give up his waterfront activities to do the Marine training over ever being allowed to move on from the band commitment. He did not sign up for band at all and frankly, we didn't send him to KP to be in the band, nothing wrong with the band as such. He just wants to commission to Marines or Naval and wants to get as many new experiences out of KP as he can. He liked the band in HS, had fun, marching band, jazz band, etc. but he seems done with it now. Why is the band commitment treated differently than other extracurricular activities? I doubt kids are being forced to join any other activities except for band. Who can kids talk to about these kinds of things; in essence, their education and future without being admonished or pressured in some way? In other words, do they have a right to choose to opt out of band or not, the government is footing the bill, so maybe not? Do what you are told, and all that kind of stuff?