Thanks Joe, wait lists are new to me for USNA. I do know that earlier in the selection process, NAPS had conditionally qualified candidates, pool candidates, and standby lists. Apparently they are using the wait list the same way civilian colleges do. USNA "knows" what percentage of offers accept appointements. If you look at class profiles, you will note that 1500 or so offers are made annually for approximately 1200 seats. Some have already accepted, some have already turned down appointments, but a lot will happen with the May I deadline. If the CGO has predicted correctly, the excess offers will fill the class. Utilizing a wait list would allow them to send out a few less offers and then, with the wait list, work their way up to the desired class size. I suppose a surprise summer release on April 30 of Top Gun II or Bottom Bubble (submariner version) could really screw them up the other way but it probably won't happen. Additionally, with one reason or another, there will be drops all the way up to and including I-Day, so the wait list could be utilized to keep the class at optimum size all the way to I-Day. I assume NAPS works the same way. What they are saying, with your permission, is, make other plans but be prepared to step in if our predictions are not correct.