I was wondering if someone could chime in on the process and competitiveness of getting into the air force academy if you are enlisted. From my research it says that they reserve 85 slots for direct admittance to the academy for active duty personal every year and another 85 at the prep school and many go unfilled. Is this because its competitive to even get looked at or a lack of people applying? How long do you have to be in the air force to have a chance to apply? Do you have to be asked to apply or can you start the application process on your own? Is it a bad idea to enlist with the intention of trying to go to the academy in the near future?