I passed the entrance test last month. Now I'm getting ready to send in my application and a reference from my boss is holding it up. I have 2 other references (personal friends, one I've known 15 years, the other is a police officer I've known for 3 years). I have my transcripts and the application filled out. Here's where I need opinions: my boss is a great guy, I've worked for him for 11 years, but he's been sitting on my referral form for over a month. When I remind him about it, he gets sort of defensive. I'm worried that he doesn't really want to do it (long story short - I think he's afraid of losing me).
Should I send in my application short one reference, explaining that I will forward it when I get it; should I have someone else write a reference (I have no other employers who could do it so it would have to be a third personal reference), should I hold the application until he gets it back to me?
I really don't want to wait on him since it seems that his "issues" might be causing a hold up, but I don't really know which alternative is better. I aced the entrance tests, and I think my essay is pretty good, I hate depending on someone else's timetable.