DS is currently a Plebe at USNA. But I vividly remember the pressure cooker that waiting for that BFE (Big Fat Envelope) can be. I also remember what a pressure reliever a thread like this can be. Here's one of my posts from last year... "Even before DS got the USNA appt, I knew that DS will be very successful in whatever he chooses to do, and wherever he chooses to go. Like the other candidates here, he is just an incredibly awesome young adult! When I watch some of the things he does I'm humbled. The tables have turned, I want to be more like him, mostly in how he treats other people. He sees opportunities to help people that I sometimes miss. And, as a fiercely patriotic person I know he'll be such a great asset to our country. He made this choice on his own, he is also fiercely patriotic, and this choice he's made is also a reason that I respect him so highly and am proud of the man he has become... I know that all of you feel the same about your DS or DD. I hope that everyone knows that if your kids are good enough to be qualified candidates, getting a TWE will not stop them at all. It's a "bump in the road." Nothing will stop them being successful in whatever they choose to do. They're pretty awesome young men and women." ...please feel free to vent, ask questions, share frustrations, or whatever. I'll try to answer any questions that I can, but I'm certainly no expert.