Every senator is entitled to two cadets for patronage. A certain number of places are reserved for children of servicemen killed in service. A small number of places are dedicated to candidates outside the Terran Confederation. Cadets study there for five years
In a semester before 2634 there was a cheating scandal which alerted the press.
Around that year there were concerns about the necessity of the military and the Senate Appropriations Committee considered making cuts to the Academy. There were plans to downgrade it. College kids who would join the fleet would pass through only one year of training after college.