I am writing this thread for anyone who plans on applying (or reapplying) to a service academy and truly believes in their heart that a service academy is where they are meant to be. The application process can get discouraging at times, so I think my application story can help... A year ago, on March 18th, I filled out my precandidate questionare for USAFA. On March 20th, I received an initial evaluation of my preliminary applicaton...I was already deemed "not competitive" so early in the process. This was a rude of an awakening for me and I immediately became motivated to turn myself into everything the academies looked for. I gave it my all. I refused to quit, knowing that it might even take me a few years to finally receive an appointment. I knew in my heart that I would go to an academy one day, but I also reasonably believed that my chances of getting into one fresh out of highschool were slim.... The best advice I can give to any candidate is never, ever give up. Do everything in your power to improve. You can't climb a mountain in one step, but every small step you take you are close to the top. Treat your applicaton like you would treat climbing a mountain, because it can get a bit overwhelming at times. I am proud to say that after the long application process, I now have an appointment in my portal almost exactly a year since I received my first letter from USAFA. A lot has changed since then, applying to an academy has made me grow up so much. I really just want to stress the fact that yes, it is very competitive, but there is no reason why you cannot make it if you refuse to back down to the challenge at hand. Goodluck to anyone seeking an appointment in the future....Never quit. congratulations to all that also received an appointment to be apart of the class of 2019. I look forward to the journey with you all. Thanks for all the guidance this forum has provided for me, it has been a tremendous help.