New poster here...but have been lurking for a long time. Appreciate the helpful information found here. We have a high school sophomore who has been interested in the USCGA for a very long time. We have many questions, but I'll just throw out a couple at a time. Our son is very active in the music programs at school (marching band, jazz, symphonic, drumline) and has lettered in music. These programs demand a year round commitment, leaving precious little time for anything else (i.e., sports). With all the statistics we see about varsity athletes, does a very well conditioned (would have no problem scoring high on PFT) band student have any chance at all getting into the Academy? Or must he really, really find a way to do a little XC? Next, he's also active in the US Naval Sea Cadet program. He participates in a variety of advanced trainings and is on the path to attain the highest rank. I haven't been able to find much info on this forum about the Sea Cadets. How is this activity scored on the application? To us, it seems very well suited to preparing a kid for military life. There are leadership opportunities in both of the above activities, so he is well rounded with that and good grades. We just are concerned about the lack of athletics. He's perfectly capable of doing a sport -- and would be able to do so if asked at the Academy, he just hasn't the time right now.