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Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by bobcatmatt, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. bobcatmatt

    bobcatmatt Candidate Appointee

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    Hello everyone. I am a candidate for the class of 2013 and as of today my application is complete. I have had my ALO interview and I am medically and physically qualified. At this point all I need is for the admissions bored to decide on me and I was wondering if any of you know when my application may be reviewed. Thank you in advance.
     
  2. packermatt7

    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    The first board was said to have met in early October... so that could have already happened (probably on Monday), or it still hasn't happened. I believe this is the board that meets to give out Letters of Assurance. LOA basically say that you will be given an appointment if you get a nomination. This helps a lot with the nomination process, since it shows the congressional staff that the Service Academy wants you pretty badly.

    This being said, they only give out LOA to the top pool of applicants. I've heard it's somewhere around a few hundred, but I could be wrong.

    As for normal appointments, they give them out around March I believe. Someone can verify this for you. Those are given out to the rest (and most) of the class. Your biggest concern now would be getting that nomination.
     
  3. af2012

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    yup, all that's right.
     
  4. packermatt7

    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    Ha, I'm awesome.
     
  5. molloy09

    molloy09 Candidate

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    Is it a rolling admissions process? I'll probably have my app. done by November 1, 2008. Is there still a chance of an LOA?
     
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    Molloy most LOA's will have been issued by that time. They are typically used for recruited athelete's, and extremely competative candidates. Early offers of admission will begin in late November and run through March. If your application is complete, you have secured a nomination (typically presidential if you get it before January), and your on the high end of competative. Otherwise the mass offer will go out in March.
     
  7. af2012

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    i turned in my app. in the middle of Oct. and that next monday (the day the review boards meet) they gave me a LOA, and i wasn't a recruited athlete. so it's still possible.
     
  8. bobcatmatt

    bobcatmatt Candidate Appointee

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    I have already received an LOA from both USNA and USMA and hopefully will receive a LOA from USAFA soon. Thanks for your help.
     
  9. Pima

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    If you completed your packet last week I would suspect you will hear next week...remember they meet on Monday and this past week was Columbus day, so I doubt they met. Once your packet is reviewed it will not go up again until you add more to it, and only the section you add to will be re-scored, i.e. grades or another sport. The whole packet doesn't go up again, or at least that is what admissions told us last yr. This is why you will see people reminding everyone to keep updating your file when something important occurs.

    With 2 LOA's I would think you'll get one from AFA...so who are you going to choose?
     
  10. bobcatmatt

    bobcatmatt Candidate Appointee

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    Pima,

    Right now I am leaning heavily towards Navy but I still have visits to make and decisions to make. Thanks for your help.

    Bobcatmatt
     
  11. Pima

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    You do know that AF is a much better choice :wink:

    Then again we don't have any boats, just the best jets:shake:

    Side note here, many of you know Bullet just retired and has gone to the other side. We saw our DS this weekend and I officially no longer matter. Bullet and DS just talked about what the 35 does and I must admit some of the stuff sounds pretty cool and makes the Strike Eagle sound like a B-29. Of course everything they talked about was not classified otherwise I would be writing this from the grave b/c Bullet would have had to kill me!
     
  12. packermatt7

    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    I would love to find out the behind the scenes capabilities of the F-35...


    I guess I'll find out when I'm in the cockpit...:biggrin: :thumb:
     
  13. Pima

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    Hope you get to see it, by the time you make it through the AFA and UPT, you just might be in time, but seeing as Bullet believes that our DS (12) will still be too young, I would lower my sights for the 22...that is so sad to say lower your sights since the 22 is awesome and of course the strike is phenomenal!
     
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    flyersboy114 USAFA Cadet

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    I know someone working on the F-35, but from the navy side...
     
  15. packermatt7

    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    Yeah, I don't think "lower" would be the proper word :thumb:

    Besides, I think the F-22 looks cooler anyway. The F-35 looks weird from some angles (but then again, so does the B-2 bomber, and look how awesome that thing is).
     
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    i think the 22 is still faster and more maneuverable. the 35 is a blend of air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities. mainly go through and take out radar posts with its stealth capabilities so the rest of the AF can get through the radar hole. or at least that's the gist of what the History Channel was saying and i guess they're somewhat credible...
     
  17. Bullet

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    Won't go into classified details, but yes, the 22 is more maneuverable (thrust vectoring, which the F-35 doesn't have), and designed for Supercruise (which the F-35 was not designed for).

    Again, all a part of the main mission each was designed for. So yes, the History Channel was correct. Who would have thunk it! :shake:

    Ultimately, I envy you young-uns, you'll have two great jets to choose from. I only hope my DS gets his chance in either one...

    BTW, notice the new avatar? Got to keep advertising who's paying my salary! :smile:
     
  18. ds52262

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    The Weapons School out here is still a combination F22/F-15 unit. They are still developing the various tactics and best use combinations for the F22. The high cost and recent introduction mean it will be a few years before it is soley an F22 school.

    Potter got a great tour of the facility over the summer. They are still finishing the facilities, but it is one cool classroom. If you do ever get a chance to fly in an F22 your will be very forunate, if you get to come here to LV and attend the Weapons School even more forunate. Good things will come to those who wait though.
     

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