Hello, I’m a retired Navy Senior Chief Independent Duty Corpsman. I did 26 years, four ships, three times with the Marines, instructor duty, and two HQ commands including BUMED. I now teach high school medical sciences and biotechnology (CTE department). My son is the commanding officer of a unit in the 1st Marine Division. He, and I, went through the football recruiting and admissions process with four of the five service academies a few years ago as well as VMI, Rutgers, and a few D-IIIs. He took a non-football route and graduated from a non-military school and was commissioned via the Marines’ PLC program. One of my life’s greatest honors was rendering him his first salute at his commissioning at the Marine Corps museum. This appears to be a great website to learn and contribute and I can comment on among other things: real world stories on why certain medical conditions are NPQ for people going to sea or down range without a physician or full lab and x-ray, college prep and admissions process, campus visits and football games and camps, commissioning ceremony planning, other parent type issues, and medical career information.