On R-day it was reported that the 2020 class size was over 1300. This came as a suprise to me, as I though that class size should be reducing over the next few years, and 1300 seems large. The size of USNA and USAFA 2020 classes are both well under 1200. Does anyone have any insight into why this is such a high number? I was thinking about the expectation that this was going to be a more difficult Beast than in recent years. Could it be that USMA is banking on higher attrition? Do the academies decide how large a class will be, or is there a directive? I know they plan on only a certain percentage accepting appointments, and maybe that percentage was higher than normal, but you would think they would control that by offering appointments in waves after assessing the numbers as far as acceptance of the appointments made. Any thoughts?