I'm a father of A Candidate... My heart dropped in disbelieve this morning when my son showed me the online email received. My son is also in disbelieve, filled with emotions...His heart and soul wants so badly to be part of the "Whole Air Force Academy Experience"...He wants nothing less but to be a "fighter Pilot" since he was a young boy...this is his dream, nothing less... Plan A period. He does not want to do plan "B" which is Embry-Riddle and applying to ROTC...his heart is with the Air Force Academy. He's already a pilot, holds rank as a Captain and is the C.O. in the US Marine Jr. ROTC sponsored through his High School, he is also a Color Guard. He is outstanding young man by many who know him... He wants nothing but to Start his career in the Academy right after High School... This is what we don't understand...He has an avg GPA of 4.0, An Outstanding young man, completed the Application process. Not a big Sports person except did Play Little League Baseball for several years and enjoys Volley ball. He is Physical fit and strong. Goes to the local gym on a normal basis...Matched and Exceeded the max on all but one of the CFA's (running was not the best). But yet he received the following: "Admissions has received and evaluated the results of your candidate fitness assessment. Unfortunately your performance indicates that you may have difficulty with the physical demands of the Air Force Academy. The CFA is a key component of our application process and your results were not strong enough to make you a competitive candidate therefore we have closed your file." I'm sorry but this blows my mind...I also understand they do receive military physical training before the Academy begins, Right? I mean it is the military correct? ...and what about the Preparatory School? I myself am a veteran...Army. I/we were not physical fit like my son is today...not before I/we entered into the military, but the Army made us fit and before our BT ended we ran like we never did before. I guess what I am saying is...the Air Force seams like they are only looking for Athletes the excel with with High Grades. I thought they were a Military Institution? They need Pilots...my son is ready! I guess this is why they are short over 1000 pilots today... A whole discussion can begin on this subject of why they are short Pilots? Anyway, I apologize if I offend anyone, the Air Force Academy is a Great institution but I think it can be even Greater...this is my conclusion after I have listened to so much news and read all the forums from others. Congrats to all those who do and don't make it through the process...All the Candidates are very well deserving and are exceptional young man and women. I'm sure you will All Excel in life and happiness. Anyway...if anyone has any thoughts, help or advise please contact me... A proud Father.