One thing I noticed when reading posts here was the number of candidates and cadets with military parents (one or both). Some have mentioned prepping their kids since an early age, and others have mentioned being mentored at an early age. Then there are the "I knew a general, brigadeer general etc. etc., and he/she wrote me a letter of recommendation." Many have mentioned legacy parents/children, multiple children in various academies etc...... My son discovered his desire to be a part of the Air Force and attend the USAFA on his own during his second semester as a high school junior. He had no family member or mentor prepping, guiding or developing him since the age of 5. He has/had family members who served in the military (army, marines, navy and air force), but that was during times past due to war or the draft, but no career military. Neither of us (parents) were in the military. He was educated on ROTC by his ALO (he has applied for AFROTC). So this has all been on him, with our help and support when needed. There are moments when I wonder what chance does he really have as he hasn't been prepping since he could walk and has no connections or guides/mentors in the military. Sometimes I wonder if there is a "non-military connected need not apply" posted in invisible ink on the academy applications. I realize that "non-military family" cadets attend the USAFA. However, out of curiosity, does anyone know what percentage of cadets come from non-military families?