Thanks in advance for the thoughtful advice. The many previous threads addressing this topic contain a range of the anecdotal: "KP is a great springboard to AD" to "KP is a poor springboard to AD"; but also some empirical: 18 of 35 applicants received AD appointment, and 21% of 2012 graduating class to serve AD. 1. Is the sentiment of those believing KP is a weak or inappropriate path to AD based on (a) a bias favoring the merchant service, (b) the KP pedagogy/curriculum/culture; (c) a bias on the part of the military branches against KP; (d) something else? Let's presume that attending another SA is not an option. 2. All other factors being equal (e.g. academics and leadership assessment), is an AD appointment more difficult to achieve out of KP than out of ROTC? Is the seemingly low (50% quoted by one poster a year ago) appointment rate comparable to ROTC in recent times? Or is that rate attributable to other factors such as branch of service chosen? My son and I have read the old threads and they're not entirely clarifying, especially the varying range of opinions. He wishes to attend KP, but doesn't want to unreasonably handicap his chances of AD should that be an option he wants to pursue upon graduation.