My oldest DS is just finishing his third week of attending Service Academy summer seminars. He did NASS, then SLE, and is currently at USAFA. He has always had a vague interest in the Service Academies, and applied for the summer programs to see if it is something he really wants to pursue or not. He has loved these last three weeks and will be pursuing a nomination and working on applications when he returns. We are not a military family, but have always been very supportive of our military and of the idea of a service-oriented life. Like some of those in the "Whip-sawed parents" thread, I feel conflicting emotions from day to day, but realize that this is 100% my son's decision, and he has my full support in whatever that decision may be.