Sorry if this has been a previous topic. I read that a candidate was sending letters of recommendation to the USNA. I did not see anywhere that they requested letters of rec. Now, my MOC apps require three letters of rec. On a PM a mom said the letters were optional. How can they be optional? Do they want that information or not? Do they have time to read 51,000 letters from applicants? Don't want to short my app either if they might help. ?? Please advise.