Hello veteran cadets, I've heard things about the first year at the Academy. Most talking about general challenges, and then some which relate what seems like the true academy experience. (Apologies for the long quote, I was not able to post the link to where I copied this from.) Don't get me wrong, nothing I could read at this point could ever deter me from going to the Academy if I get appointed. But is this true? Is the entire length of our first year that difficult? If you ask me, the answer of that question should not be candy-coated because anyone who wants to go to the Academy should certainly already have the resolve to stick through the thick and thin. Feel free to PM or email me if you would feel the answer would be better stated in private, but I think my real goal is to just know if I should practice eating with only 5 chews Thank you!