Here are some numbers: Some points to consider: 1. Big jump on number of nomination from 2010-2012 to 2014: from average 3800 to 6100 (161%). Why ??? 2. The class size stays the same for those years: between 1200-1250 even the number of applicants jump from 10747 to 17417 (162%) 3. Big jump also on number of applicants from last 2 years 2103-2014 and perhaps will be more for class of 2015. Why ? More kid want to serve the country ??? 4. Since the number of nominations almost double or triple the number of 3Q'd, can someone get appointment without being in the 3Q's pool, example: " 2.0 GPA, 800 SAT, lazy, party animal, son of the 5 star admiral or big shot senator "..