So I am wondering why kids today want to go to the Naval Academy. Is it the prestige? The education? The Naval Career? What drives young folks to continue to want to attend the Academy? I graduated 10 years ago and I had my reasons for applying and going to the academy, but I am wondering if the reasons now are the same then given that so much has changed in the world of education, technology, society, etc. Today, more than ever, we need the best and the brightest to apply to serve in the Naval service due to the extreme budgetary and geopolitical pressures in the world. I can see many youth being easily attracted to a profession that either pays more or requires less than the ultimate sacrifice. I am glad that there are still young people willing to make the sacrifice to attend the Academy and pursue a Navy career.