GAH! Well, it was high hopes there for B going into the military. Really would have been the best thing for him if he wasn't such a loser. He was on probation when we initially went. The deal was, he'd be taken off early if he was going to enlist. Now, we went in and told Sgt everything (he stole money out of registers at Wal Mart, restitution was $602, plus he was in the Residential Treatment Facility (RTF), then on probation) ahead of time. "That's ok, we just need a waiver". So, I run back and forth to this recruitment place. Getting this form filled out, doing this, doing that. They take him for his MEPS, has the bloodwork done, physical done - passes. Get him OFF probation. No issue. Sgt calls and says he needs 5 references. WHY he waits until the end, beyond me. Anyway - we take 3 to the school, one for JROTC Col one for JROTC Sgt and one for principal. Principal gives him a good one. On the form it says - Would you recommend this person for the military? SGT AND COL SAID NO!!!!!!!!!!!! Then wrote some BS thing about how if he had matured (because he's 17 but still acts like he's 12, of course) he'd be good, but of course, he acted like such an idiot in regular school they didn't see maturity in him. Nice, eh? So, that, in conjunction with the (supposed) fact that his restitution was over $500 (which he said requires a 2 year wait?) - dumped him. The JROTC thing makes me angry. I'm going to write a letter to them, just out of anger - it'll be professional and all but I'm angry. When they did the MS walk, B was the FIRST ONE there. Only THREE kids from the program even showed. They painted the tables and cabana's at the rec park. Who went? Yes, MY son, one of the only ones. They ASKED him to HOST the military ball!!!!! WHY would you ask an immature person to HOST your military ball? They didn't ask a senior. They didn't ask someone else. They asked MY KID! You think ANY of that was in the reference? NO! So, yeah - he's gonna work in town bussing tables making $8 an hour over the summer. Friggin A.