You would suppose wrong -- at least the admissions numbers don't bear that out. I should have mentioned that immediately after the "best candidate" comment was the qualifyer: "While you appear to be a good candidate, I am not the admissions board and you can never tell how many candidates like you are applying this year. Also, my input is only a small percentage of what the USAFA looks for." And finally, the ALO's are pretty good at ferreting out blatent liars while, as you have demonstrated, the BGOs tend to believe everything they hear. OK, I'm just having a little fun. Actually USNA69, I had no idea you were a BGO -- I think that that's a terrific way of helping the USNA. So thanks for your past AND continuing service!