Hello, I'm a high school grad of 2016 planning on applying to the Air Force Academy for the class of 2021 and was curious how to improve my application. I'm aware that I can't just improve my chances in a matter of weeks, but I'm curious about ways to improve my application immediately and ways to improve it in case I plan on applying next year. I'm currently a candidate and applying for a nomination. Here's a quick run down of my accomplishments and I'll try and be specific. I attended one of the better schools in my area, ranked around #1800 in the nation. I took one pre-AP class my freshman year and had poor grades first semester. I then turned it around and improved grades and took several Pre-AP classes and one AP sophomore year. My first two years I finished with about a 3.1 GPA. I then did a program to take community college classes my second two years. I didn't focus too much on STEM classes and am only at basic college level math. I finished that with a 3.58 GPA with honors. I took the old SAT once and got a 590 in reading and 560 in math. For sports, I did two years of JV Cross Country (around a 19:42 5k pr). I haven't taken the CFA yet but during my mock test I did slightly above average. My extra-curriculars include volunteer work, I started up a club and am the Vice-President. I also went on a trip dozens of miles away for Habitat for Humanity and volunteer at Sharehouse (around 100 hours total). I also work a part time job as a courtesy clerk, I started senior year and averaged 20 hours a week. Here's my plans to improve my application and questions. I'm planning on continuing full time at community college to improve my math and chemistry, I'm continuing to stay in shape to do well on my CFA (including BJJ classes), and also continue volunteer work and my job. I'd like to know how important additional references are to the academy. I have old professors who graduated from service academies who would be willing to help. I'm wondering whether or not I should retake the SAT as well, I'm signed up for October 1st to retake it once. I also want to know what specific classes I should take to improve my chances or if I should stop going to a community college. If you have any feedback on my chances of getting accepted that would help to, I'm not too concerned though because I'm not planning on applying to any other school.