How did yall tell your parents that you wanted to attend the academy?
"Hey Mom, I want to go to USNA!"
"Are you sure about that?"
"Well... you better start keeping your room clean then."
"Hey Mom, I want to choose Marine Option!"
"WHAT?! YOU CAN'T BE A MARINE."
-insert long argument-
"Well, I support you no matter what you choose to be in life."
[...] my husband (the now-retired military member) was very quiet throughout the entire process. He REALLY wanted it to be our son's decision.