From NPR West Point Women: A Natural Pattern Or A Camouflage Ceiling? http://www.npr.org/2013/10/22/239260015/west-point-women-a-natural-pattern-or-a-camouflage-ceiling Some interesting remarks I give my two cents, it's a natural pattern. Not enough female applicants. According the USMA Board of Visitor June 2012 meeting notes, from 2008 - 2012, appointment offers to qualified females have been higher than to qualified males. The "goal" helps females, not hurt them.