the USNA website says it opens on Jan 17 2013. I have re-read old threads on here and it appears that there is no essay in this application, is that correct? it asks for specific grades earned in classes, right? any other recollections about this application? ds is at a boarding school and could work on essays easier over Christmas break, if we knew what they were likely to be! I know this is USNA forum, but any body remember how USMA SLS or SLE application differs?