After looking over the "Ask a Doolie Anything!" thread, I noticed that a few people were talking about whether or not SS actually helps you get into the Academy. Most of the responses we "no" but when I met with my ALO a few months back he told me otherwise. He said that although they won't say it directly, SS is the petting zoo for the academy and they will "pick who they like". According to him, you're in some database and they can see what you're like. He told me that going to SS will increase my chances slightly; it definitely won't be a game changer but it can help. I'm just briefly telling you what he said. I'm honestly not sure what to think because everyone is so sure it doesn't.