Admissions Inconsistancies regarding age?

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  1. shuttle_launch

    shuttle_launch New Member

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    Hello all,

    I need suggestions on what to do. I am 23, active duty Navy, and I applied for USMMA with two congressional nomination. I received a correspondence saying that active duty who are not full time college students must go to a preparatory school, and if I were to go the the prep school, I would be too old for entrance, and therefore am disqualified.

    The problem is, I am a full time college student, as well as active duty Navy. So I sent a reply stating that I am full time college student (therefore not needing the preparatory course) and now they are saying that regardless of full time college student status, all active duty personal have to go through a preparatory school. This is clearly contradicting the first correspondence I received from them and the USMMA catalog.

    What should I do now?
     
  2. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    There are really too many questions about your very unique situation for you to get a proper answer from anyone other than the Academy.

    The first thing would be to figure out exactly how you are a full time college student and active duty Navy. I don't know too many active duty jobs, especially in the Navy, that would also allow you to carry a full time load. The second would be the KP's definition of "full time college student", I know many consider 12 credit hours to be full time; however, KP might want more. The other questions would be how you are doing in your current course load and at what institution they are being taken.

    I think the only real options you have are to call someone at the Academy and speak directly to the Admissions people there. Nobody on this site is going to be able to give you an answer as only the Academy has the final say.
     
  3. jscam87

    jscam87 Member

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    Find out who was assigned your USMMA Liason Officer and make sure he/she knows all the facts as you know them. Please keep us posted, and keep your chin up. You sound like the kind of person who could excel at KP.
    All The Best!
     
  4. J Collins

    J Collins Founding Member

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    According to VA you have to only take 2 classes to be considered full time (6 credit hours)
     
  5. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    The VA has nothing to do with USMMA, so I wouldn't necessarily take their standards and apply them in this situation. My guess is there is more to this story which probably puts the OP in a very unique situation.
     
  6. shuttle_launch

    shuttle_launch New Member

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    The training pipeline I am in is the longest and hardest enlisted academic program in the Navy. Certain training facilities in New York are still experiencing issues, and many students have been put on hold and ordered to college classes in the meantime.

    But according to the USMMA Admissions Office, I have to go to an JROTC unit at Junior College (NMMI) to be acclimated to the military and academic setting (as if I am not already in those). According to them, this supposedly would put me above the age limit of 25.
     

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