Re: The only reason to have a Starfleet Academy...
I always wondered why there was only one Academy though. For such a large Federation I would think you would have more then one place to teach people.
They may have had other campuses, but cadets were required to complete at least a portion of their education in San Francisco.
"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again