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How hard is it to get into West Point, Annapolis, or the Air Force Academy?

How hard is it to get into West Point, Annapolis, or the Air Force Academy?
While most high achieving secondary students have their eyes set on the schools at the top of the US News Rankings, there is a smaller subset of students who are focused on gaining admission into a United States Federal Service Academy. The big three U.S. Federal Service Academies are the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis), and the U.S. Air Force Academy. A... 

An Analysis of Turning the Tide; Harvard Education School Report Calls for Reforming Admissions Practices

On Wednesday, a less than impressive report was released by the Harvard Graduate School of Education (full disclosure, I am a graduate of the institution) that suggested various tweaks to the college admissions process that would supposedly benefit society and the lives of applicants in various ways. The report was not unimpressive in terms of what their stated goals were; it was unimpressive in terms... 
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