Hi all, first post here, and it is rather long out of necessity. I am a current high school sophomore and am really determined to attend the USCGA. However, as the title suggests, my parents (or rather just one) are rather vehemently opposed to this (for rather illogical reasons), and not likely to sway their opinion any time soon. Convincing my parents to give consent for me to attend the academy would be a Herculean feat, as I have already tried most relevant arguments and one of my parent has rather audacious claims about the academy and the military in general that are not backed up with facts. I (clearly) don't come from a "military family" although my cousin attends the USAFA.I will not be 18 by R-day after my senior year of high school, so would not having one parent give consent for me to attend the academy preclude me from attending? Would this mean that I would have to apply after I turn 18 (i.e. having gone to a civilian college for one year)? I am very determined to serve my country, preferably as an officer, and the Coast Guard seems like the branch best suited to my interests. Since I will definitely not have any parental support in my application process, I want to ask all of you what else I should be doing to secure an appointment. Academics are not really an issue for me, I attend a rather prestigious public high school in a wealthy suburban area (only one or so graduates of my high school go into the military each year). I have A- s or above in all my classes, a gpa of around 4.98, taking many honors and AP classes, and recently got a 1400 on the new PSAT. If I can keep this up, that seems about standard for an appointee. As for my extracurriculars, I fence competitively (as my username suggests), play in an in-town basketball league in the winter, and I may try out for the volleyball team at my school if a varsity sport would help me get an appointment. Outside of sports, I'm an editor on the school newspaper and participate in two academic "bowl" competitions, one of which pertains to ocean sciences. Physically, I am fit, although my current PFE would be lower than that of an incoming cadet. I have time to bring that up, but I would love to hear your recommendations as to what workouts I should be doing to physically prepare myself for the PFE and (hopefully) the academy. I would also like to hear what you all think I should be doing with regards to letting the CGA "know who I am." Should I be making a Bears Den login now, or wait until junior year? Should I try to do Cadet for a Day or AIM (I'd have to pay for AIM myself, and if I needed parental consent, forget about it)? Should I contact my admissions officer with some of these questions or with information about myself? Thank you guys for reading this long post, and I look forward to hearing your suggestions.