Nomination to West Point

Charles & Congress woman Jean Schmidt

My son received a nomination to West Point from our Congress woman, Jean Schmidt, this month. She was gracious and had a little party to celebrate all of the nominations.  After she handed out the certificates she was peppered with questions about the recent bailouts. The questions were friendly but pointed. It has been a tough year to serve in Congress. Now that’s a group of people in need of prayer for wisdom!

My son enjoys what he thinks is military life so he applied to Purdue, West Point, Virginia Tech, and Cincinnati based in part on their military programs. If military life does not work out for him I think the five year exit option will leave him with a great resume. It is probably easier for him to consider military life since we have several military connections. His grandfather graduated from West Point and served for twenty years. Several of our relatives served in the military. I lived at West Point for three years when I was very young. In an amazing coincidence both my godfather and his godfather achieved the rank of general. He still is very nervous about going to West Point since a ROTC recruiter called it a prison. Based on the recruiter’s remarks ROTC recruiting looks like a contact sport. I think we need to make a campus visit to West Point. It will definitely be weird for me to return to West Point after all of these years but it will probably help my son figure out if West Point is right place to go to college.