I get a lot of questions by applicants and appointees. One thing I've noticed, is that there are a lot of misconceptions about the academy and the process. I would appreciate any current cadets or alumni to add to this list of things you thought or heard were a certain way, but realized that it was totally different once you got to the academy. I know quite a few, but I'm really hoping current cadets will add to the list to help noob's and applicants know the truth. ESPECIALLY about Life at the Academy. I'll start with a couple of TRUTHS for the noob to read. 1. Not everyone who applies to the academies want it as their 1st Choice for college. 2. Not everyone who attends the academy wants to be pilots. Only about HALF of the class actually put in for pilot slots. The air force would accept more if more people applied. 3. Do not ask what the MINIMUM STANDARDS are for the academy. That is a futile question. Why? Because the AVERAGE applicant is much higher than the minimum standards, and the accepted appointee/cadet is even higher than that. Look at the AVERAGES not the MINIMUMS. E.g. AVERAGE GPA is 3.86. Average ACT is 30. 4. Mitch's isn't that bad;..... if you like Chicken. I've been told they seem to make chicken every possible way.