I see it's the anxious season and it's fun to be a part of it but I have to tell you, I have no clue what the boards are smokin' sometimes when they hand out LOAs already. I'm a military brat and prior AF officer myself so I've been around this for decades too. After growing up knowing kids who went to academies and working on active duty with academy grads, hosting cadets, etc I thought I had a pretty good handle on what the formula is... ha ha. My son's had his paperwork in since early summer, was very motivated. His SATs are 770 math, 740 reading, (and he only took the SATs once - I mean he really is that smart -gets regular crap from MIT, stanford, etc), GPA and gazillion AP and Honors classes to match (air force academy rep said he completely maxed out on their academic formula), got the top possible grade of 5 on the AP calc AB/BC test so he could skip calc I and II in civilian colleges if he wanted to, gets multiple invites to USNA for official candidate visit trips, did the air force and navy summer seminars, has 'good enough' CFA scores, great recommendations, does the sports, some volunteer, job and leadership stuff, HE IS A REAL PILOT ALREADY AND IS WORKING ON HIS IFR TICKET, etc but no LOAs. He's a shade under 6 foot tall, 145 pounds, good lookin' in a interview suit, etc! All we have so far is a USNA letter saying he's met their academic standards. Ha, really? Too funny. Got a call from a retired AF 3 star yesterday who used to be the AFA superintendent asking us why with one MOC he didn't have the AFA has a first choice instead of second. He interviewed really well with the two MOCs so far but with one MOC I was told there were over 390 kids interviewed so it's really just too mind numbing if you do the odds making. Yikes. Oh well, felt good to ramble and vent. All part of the fun of waiting. Out!