As an old time poster, I get it...nerves and you want some insight, BUT before you think of starting a thread with the words CHANCE please step back 1st and ask yourself some very pointed questions. 1. Have you used the search tab? ~ IOWS looked at stats from last year, or even this yr to see what others have said to that poster? ~ What makes your chance me different compared to everyone else's chance me? ~~ Do you have something truly unique that no other poster has on their resume? Otherwise, expect the same answer from many posters....NOBODY sits on the board, and if they did they would not say anything. All you can do is apply and wait. 2. What is your TRUE goal? ~ If I said you look amazing, well for about a day that will feel great until tomorrow when you see that apptmt list included somebody from your district or state post that they got an apptmt. ~ If I said no way in Hades, would you give up all hope? 3. Take time and learn about how the apptmt system works. ~ Search tab again, or at the very least read what posters have said on other Chance Me threads. ~~ IE I have a 4.59 wcgpa... sounds great, but out of what 5.0 or 6.0? Plus, for PAR they do not use a 5.0 scale, it is a 4.5, thus, that 4.59 is not really the wcgpa they will use. ~~Additionally, nobody knows your school profile. top 15% sounds amazing, but not so much if 0% go Ivy, whereas, another Chance Me poster may come from a HS where 25% go Ivy, and that is strong. ~~ Same with if you don't include your state. VA is insanely competitive. 1300 best sitting is not going to be stellar when it comes to the WCS for the MoC slate unless you hit it out of the ballpark for everything else. PAR is the huge chunk of the WCS. 4. This is a unique forum, posters are AD members, retirees, parents and your peers. However, unless the poster states it in their reply or you know them, it is kind of like the blind leading the blind. ~ IE Dude, your stats are the same as mine and I got an apptmt...see #3. That poster could be from Idaho and had 4 noms (MOC and ROTC) before they had to hit the pool. You are from CA with 1 nom. BIG difference because you had only 1 nom before hitting the pool. 5. NOBODY knows the pool size, nor the number that USAFA will target for apptmts. ~ In 08 they gave out about 1650 apptmts for a targeted incoming class size of 1350. A yr or 2 later, they gave out @1300 for a target of 1100 on IDAY. ~~Just saying, what if the poster says no way, but now this yr the pool size is smaller and the apptmt size is larger, will you be that poster next yr saying...I got an apptmt and your stats are better than mine? ~~ Will you just throw in the towel? I get I am being harsh, mean, rude, unkind, fill in whatever words you want, but here is the real deal. NOBODY knows the answer. I am sure Christcorp, Flieger, Stealth, Fencer, etc will back me up on this statement: We have seen over the yrs many that we thought had no chance, and got an appointment, just as often as we thought there were stellar candidates that got the TWE. It is a rollercoaster ride, just like your next 4 yrs will be, and the 5 you will owe as an ADAF member. Buckle up, because impo this is the easiest part of your future. Please stop the chance me threads, instead do yourself a favor. Investigate. Investigate what is next. ~ Search tab works great for things like BCT Investigate plan B (AFROTC) ~ Search tab Investigate career fields ~ Search tab Investigate DoDMERB because many get caught up there. ~ Search tab waivers Investigate, the USAFA site and the web. ~ IOWS don't ask for a chance me with a 24 V. USAFA has stated on their site the answer. ~ Google is your friend. Talk to your ALO, not us when it comes to chancing. Flieger and CC are ALOs, but in 2 different states. Their candidates can be completely different and what is common for 1 regarding an apptmt can be uncommon for the other. ALOs are not only your friend, but know your competition too! ~ Apptmts start from a geo-centric and than moves to the national level. Oh and please do me a favor do not post your essay. ~ Again, it is the blind leading the blind. Would you edit the essay if a poster gave you tips without knowing their educational background? IE a poster says remove this,and you do, only to find out later that they are a junior in HS. Or how about the fact that they may "lift" it and use it for their own essay because it was amazing! Take it to your APENG/LIT teacher. Done with my rant. I wish you all the very best. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the fact that you are willing to defend this great nation so others do not have to pay the price.