Hey everybody, I'm a sophomore in high school and am seriously intending to pursue attendance at USMA, USAFA, or USNA (in that order). I'm from Indiana and I play Baseball. I also have about a 3.8 GPA (weighted) and am taking 1 AP class this year and more next year. I haven't received my PSAT results yet. As far as my leadership demonstrations go I'm a little lacking. I am in Boy Scouts but unsure of whether I will be able to attain Eagle by the time I'm 18. Later this year I will run for a position in Student Government. Any suggestions for this would be extremely helpful. Anyway, on to the real question. I need some help understanding how this whole application process works. People say I should start a candidate file. When should I do this and how? I understand one is automatically started when you attend the SLS (which I plan to do). There I will take the CFA and if it's good enough I'll send it in. So after the SLS and possibly the CFA what do I do next? I'm not sure who to contact as it seems most people have somebody who guides them through it. (An officer of some kind?) Sorry for the walls of text I'm just a little bit unsure of how to go about applying. Thankfully, I've got a little bit of time. Thanks, Jeremy P.S. I see an awful lot of people getting LOA's. What does this tell them? That if they get a Nomination they're in?