I though about appending this to some other threads that I might be appropriate but decided opening a new one would be best. Part of what triggered this was watching some Marine Corps videos aimed at parents today; which got me a bit teary eyed. The reason I went to that web site was to look for some help for someone who wants to attend West Point; as she is having some difficulty with her parents. Anyway, it all reminded me of the following: DS completed his first semester as an NROTC MO MIDN in December. Of course he keeps his hair extremely short. If it's over 3/16 inch long on the top of his head, it's too long for him (he used to sport longish curls prior to NROTC). Immediately, when he came home for Christmas break, the family took a week long vacation in Key West. We flew to Miami and drove from there. People on the planes, in the airports, and throughout Key West kept asking him if he was in the service, which service branch he was in, and thanking him for his service. Of course he explained he wasn't in the service yet; but hoped to be commissioned as a Marine officer, and that he was currently enrolled in NROTC in college. Anyway, just an observation I wanted to pass along. I'm sure you all have seen similar incidents since the first Gulf War and I know I have thanked service members in the past. But this was the first time I got to see it "up close and personal". I was impressed with how people's attitudes have changed since I was his age during the Viet Nam war. Just wanted to share.