Please take this as intended... Not to provoke, simply to see other thoughts on the subject. Should there even be prep schools like USAFA, USMAPS, and NAPS? Of course many great cadets and mids have come from there, but many more fully qualified and deserving young people have received TWE's or languished on the wait list to only find out that the class was full and that they were too qualified for the prep school. We have seen that fully qualified, competitive candidates often are left on the outside looking in, while sometimes applicants with lower test scores, weaker CFA's, or simply kids that meet a certain demographic are given the opportunity for prep school as an alternative way to get to the academy. Some will say, "SAT scores can't measure leadership" Or "his/her athletic ability offsets the lower academics" etc. And, indeed as I said, many fine kids have come through the academy preps, but I feel that many more 3Q's have been turned away. I know the academies' proud football teams would likely suffer (I am a huge fan), and probably drop in classification or be eliminated. Should that be a factor? Just wondering if a fully qualified kid should ever be left out in favor of one not fully qualified? What do you guys think?