Alert: this will be a long first post. My dad and I have been long time lurkers to this site. I recently joined and I’ve read a lot of posts in all forums and have many questions. I will only ask some today. I am a high school junior at a very competitive, top rated private college prep school in Minnesota. I currently have a 3.8 GPA (very good for our school), I am a three sport female varsity athlete (with several state competition appearances),I have a 30 on my ACT, I take very rigorous academic classes but I have minimal volunteering hours so far (not an excuse, it’s a fact that I know needs to change). I have been contacted several times by USMA and USNA to play lacrosse for them. I have not committed, therefore recruited, to either. Also, I have multiple civilian college options (offers) to play lacrosse and soccer. My dream is to attend a Service Academy for the education and service. If I play sports at an academy that would be ok but if I don’t play Varsity sports I would be ok with that decision. My parents and I have been to USNA, USMA and USAFA plus several service academy nights locally. At the local events the BGO’s and Field Force tell me they can’t really speak with me as I am being “looked at and talked to” by their respective academies. The ALO’s will talk with me because I am not being looked at by the USAFA. My questions are: 1. I want to go to an academy and I am leaning towards the USAFA. I have been called a “blue chip” and a “one chip” by USNA and USMA. I have been told that admission into an academy is less stressful (not really sure how to phrase this) as a recruited athlete. Is this accurate? 2. I have read that the “medical school” route is a very small percentage of cadets at all academies. However, I have also read that USAFA and USMA have “medical spaces” that do not get filled. I know that placement into these disciplines is very competitive but I want to be a doctor. Are there substantiated facts or empirical data that backs up my reading of “spaces going unused?” 3. Any opinions about being “sought” by one or two academies but really want to go to a different academy? Is it worth the “risk” of trying to get an appointment at your first choice academy rather than possible “admission/appointment help” into another academy? 4. I haven’t been able to find many threads/posts that touch on my scenario. Is what I’m asking somewhat common? I'm looking forward to your thoughts and opinions.