Contributors to these forums tend to be very encouraging and upbeat. That's a good thing. Recently the numbers came out for the class of 2020, and it she'd a little light on what USAFA is looking for. If you are a white male, coming directly out of high school, your chance of admission is quite low. By my calculation, about 30% of this year's incoming class is female, and about 30% is minority. Add to that the recruited athletes, enlisted personal that earn slots, the prep school kids, the turnbacks, and the repeat applicants coming from college, and the chance of a white male graduating from HS in May and entering BCT in June would be pretty small. Does it happen? Yes. Should it discourage you from applying? No. It is just a reminder to have a good plan B,C,D, etc. Your chances of a direct admission from high school have never been smaller. I'd suspect the same is true for USMA, USNA, and USCGA too. Not good news, not bad news, just information... and a reality check for the great students out there that think their grades and ECAs make them a shoe in. It doesn't work that way anymore. Good luck to all the applicants for the class of 2021.