The OGs don’t get offended about attrition. Well maybe some of us do. The only one I get salty about are the honor offenses almost always being given a second chance. Things haven’t changed all that much, it is more friendly in some ways and tougher in others. The physical standards are the same. Academics are nearly the same with the exception of Cyber courses being added. Conduct appears to be the same. But yes it is friendlier in terms of weekends (even for Plebes) and privileges. That definitely helps with making the grind better. As Plebes we earned 1 weekend the entire year. As youngsters we had 3 (1 Long and 2 short).
More BGOs, CVWs, NASS spots and social media definitely helps this number. NASS probably has 3-4 times the amount of candidates as we did. CVWs are much bigger. BGO program is bigger. With all the forums and social media, it would be hard for a candidate to not have some idea. Probably 50% of my class arrived on I Day and had never stepped foot on USNA.