Some of the numbers may be a bit off - but review this and then come back to ponder.
Shun White was supposed to graduate in 2008. He did not. He also did not graduate in 2009, because he was practicing with the Patriots or some something or another. He seems to have graduated sometime during the 2009-2010 academic year - we think, and now is on the Res/Mil roster for the Patriots.
Let's do the math. If the cost of one mid is $228,000 for FOUR years, then the cost for White is ~$313,500 for his whopping 5.5 years.
Don't blame the present Administration. My Annapolis spies report that the new administration is cracking down, and much of the daily regimen has become "back to basics." PLAN SALAMANDER for USNA seems to be taking hold in spots - Mr. Lombardi would approve. "Standards" are becoming a greater part of the USNA vocabulary than in the past.
This is good - but this is a trans-administration problem that odds have it would be allowed to continue. It would be a great marker for the new administration to stop this, but that is a tough call.