I struggled with how to phrase the subject line for this question. I may not have done a good job, so please excuse me. What I'm wondering is if all applicants to all academies/ROTC programs are applying out of a deep sense of patriotism. Of course, there will be many motivators for many different people, and I know it's impossible to analyze the reasons for every applicant. But I was talking with a group of young people who are interested in service academies and ROTC and the idea of serving their country was not the foremost thought for them. They were fine with that aspect and the need to "give back" the 4-5 years of service once their education was completed, but they were more interested in the top-notch education, preparation for their future in terms of leadership and career, as well as the free tuition, or scholarship. So I was wondering, do you have to be "in it" principally out of love for your country, or can you go through the application experience successfully, earn your degree, and serve well, without patriotism being your primary motivation?