Then why do they come out to my showcase tourneys?No. But you may earn an appointment and promise to serve five years or more afterward. They'll even pay you to go to school. That's better than a scholarship.
Alas, very few have the grades, extracurriculars, physical ability and desire to serve. If you have all that, go for it.
No worries. All these acronyms are like learning another language. In regards to the USNA nom -after she visited West Point it became her first choice (actually second to CGA but no nom is needed for CGA) so when she went in front of the MOC boards she listed her choices as USMA, USAF and USNA third. We are blessed she got the nominations and appointment she did as I am sure there are more competitive applicants and only the Academies know why they pick who they pick. Good luck to your child. I think the waiting is the hardest part of the process mentally.