I'm sure many have read by now that the U.S. Supreme Court has voted to take a case called Fisher v. University of Texas, which challenges the existing Supreme Court precedent (from 2003) that race may be used as a permissible factor in college admissions for the purpose of promoting the educational objective of diversity (which the Court said was a reasonable educational objective). Many think the Court has taken the Fisher case in order to reverse the existing law about considering race in college admissions. Let's assume for now that the Court does hear the case out on its merits (and does not dismiss it on procedural grounds because Fisher is graduating from LSU by now). Let's assume the Court reverses its 2003 ruling and rules that race may not be a factor in college admissions -- in other words, no affirmative action allowed in college admissions. (It seems to me, that with Justice Kagan unable to take part in the case, the anti-affirmative action wing of the Supreme Court have the legal equivalent of a "free play"; either they win 5-3 if everyone votes as expected, or if Justice Kennedy were to switch sides on the issue it would end up 4-4 and they are in the same position they started in.) So, if these assumptions play out, I'm curious about the ramifications for service academies. For example, the federal courts have traditionally been very deferential to the military, even where there are Constitutional issues at stake. If the Service Chiefs said that having the SAs reflect the racial make-up of the enlisted ranks was a military imperative for military reason (e.g., more cohesive service as a whole), would the Court defer to them? Does anyone think the Service Chiefs would argue for a "diversity exception" for SAs for military reasons? Or would the "diversity" piece at the SAs just be provided by the nomination process and to some extent athletics? Curious what folks think, if this is not too controversial a topic?