Alright, huge question. This may get confusing so try to follow along. It is a fact that each congressman is allowed up to 5 students in each academy, so each year may have one appointment. Some years, there may be a removal of one spot, rendering two appointments a year. Here are my questions: Does that mean only 1 of 10 nominees will get an appointment? If so, that would not match past statistics where about 40-50% of nominees were appointed. That would mean only 10% of nominees, besides the circumstance of less than 10 nominees in a district. Does that mean the principal nominee is the 1 of 10, or does it not count as the 1 of 10? Same with LOAs. Do they count as 1 appointment of 10 nominees ? What happens to the other 9? According to Rep. Olson's (TX-22) site, last year had 4 appointments to West Point. http://olson.house.gov/2014-press-releases/olson-honors-military-academy-appointees/ Rep. Culberson had 5 West Point appointees last year: http://culberson.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=385167 This may be a chance that there were 4 open spots that year, but I find that highly unlikely. Can there be more than 4 or 5 appointees at the same time?