It was suggested to me that I start a thread on the variables that play into ending up with an appointment or not. Because of these variables, nobody can really say for sure that a candidate will or will not recieve an appointment by just seeing their personal statistics. One such variable would be the competitiveness of where you live. For example, if you live in an area where your congressman has perhaps 30 to 40+ qualified applicants for a nomination to the service academy you wish to attend, you would be considered in a much more competitive area than someone who's congressman has spots left over on his nomination slate. This makes it harder to secure a nomination and therefore an appointment. This is just one of the variables that obviously plays into the end result of recieving an appointment or not. If you have any comments on this or just want to give some examples of variables some people may not have thought about that'd be great!