I just have to vent. I wonder if anyone else is experiencing what we are. As we are running into friends/aquaintances the question invariably comes up: where is DS going to school? When I proudly answer "West Point!" the answer that comes back is not the "wow!! how great!" that I expect, but more of a mix of "You're going to let him (!!!) do THAT??" or "I'll pray for you!" When I was in school (albeit long ago...) getting into WP was one BIG accomplishment. I thought it still was...I believe it still is HUGE. Yes, military service is not a risk-free career choice. I get that...I guess I'm very frustrated that the kids who are gaining acceptance into some of the schools my DS turned down (to go to WP) are celebrated, where my kid is looked at like he must have a screw loose for choosing this path. So I ask, "whose kids are supposed to go and be the leaders? Someone not as valuable as my son? Whose son/daughter is that?" Excuse my rant...I just needed to vent before I blew up at the next person who makes insensitive, stupid comments about my son's choice.