I first want to say how much I appreciate the information I am finding here. I'm an addicted "lurker"! With that said, I would greatly appreciate advice, thoughts, experience, etc. from BGO's, parents who have mids and mids on this question. Are there benefits or negatives to applying to more than your first choice SA? I have encouraged my son to apply to USMA and USAFA even though he really thinks he only would want to go USNA (marine option). He will be attending all 3 summer seminars this June, and I hope that will help him see the many options. I guess I'm concerned whether or not applying to USMA and USAFA "looks" like he isn't as committed to USNA. On the other hand, it seems that it would show a greater commitment to being an officer in the US military. We are seeing (in our community at least) most applicants putting all their eggs in the USNA basket, even saying they would rather reapply 3 years to get in rather than consider another SA. I honestly don't know what my son would choose if he got an appointment to USMA or USAFA but not USNA. Plan B (or maybe I should call it plan c or d, following the other SA's) is Texas A&M NROTC (marine option) I appreciate any experienced answers to this!