We were very disappointed last year when our daughter didn't get an appointment to the Class of 2011. We didn't feel that she should have been denied and tried to research how appointments are offered. We found that the Federal regulations governing the Academy allocate a minimum number of vacancies to each state. For example, Florida gets 10 and Louisiana gets 4. Furthermore, it looks like each year a small number of states get the majority of allocations (far above their state's respective allocation in the federal regulation) while typically 10 or more states are not even awarded their minimum number of promised slots even though they have nominated, qualified candidates on-hold, waiting for appointments. Because the incoming class size is much smaller than other academies it is really important that each state at least get their federally mandated appointments if they have qualified candidates accepted by the academy as viable alternates. My question is, are you aware of anyone that has complained about this shortchanging states of their promised slots or challenging the appointment process on this basis? It doesn't seem fair.