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  1. IdahoAF

    IdahoAF New Member

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    Hey everyone,
    I am a reapplicant to USAFA and I wanted to see what parts of my application I should focus on to improve the likelihood of earning an appointment.
    • I graduated high school as salutatorian with a 3.97 gpa, no AP classes but a few were offered. However, I was in the advanced math classes every year in high school.
    • Awards such as Distinguished Student Award and Hawk of the Year
    • Served as Student Body Vice President
    • Varsity letters in track (3), cross country (1), football (2), and baseball (1)
    • Captain of the Track and Field and Cross Country Teams as a senior
    • Most Valuable Runner for Cross Country (2015)
    • NHS attendee
    • 2 Years show choir and MC for the showcases
    • 32 ACT Composite, 33M 33E 36R, 26S. (This is up from a 27 composite on last years application)
    • As a freshman in college, I ran varsity track and field, qualifying for the NAIA conference championships (I don't think my distances and times are good enough for Blue-Chip recruitment)
    • Mechanical Engineering Major
    • 3.87 College GPA (1 B and 2 A-) Dean's List both semesters
    • ASCI Highest Freshman GPA award (out of all ASCI freshman officers)
    • 75 hours of volunteer service working with local athletes and raising money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute
    • Elected and served as the Freshman Representative on the AS Judicial Board
    • Currently a cadet of AFROTC and competing for a ROTC nomination
    • Currently a Calculus tutor for Migrant Students working 8-10 hours/week
    • Some Current CFA scores - 56 pushups, 69 situps, 5:52 mile
    I hope this gives you an idea of me as a whole person and I look forward to hearing from all of you on what I can do to improve my application. Thanks for the advice, everyone!
     
  2. billyb

    billyb Member

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    Your new ACT score is a huge improvement. How many credit hours did you take 1st semester? Only 3 classes? Were they 5 credit hour classes?
     
  3. IdahoAF

    IdahoAF New Member

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    I am on a 5-year ME plan so I was average about 14 credits per semester. Now that I have started ROTC, it is moving closer to 15-16. The majority of classes are 3 credits with the exception of some math courses being 4 credits.
     
  4. USAFA10s

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    I'd say that science ACT score is your biggest glaring weakness. Work on bringing that up
     
  5. Daretodream

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    No idea on your chances, but can say you seemed to take advice and your resume this year is stronger than it was last year. The 5 point improvement in the ACT score takes you from below the median score to above it. You have a semester of successful college under your belt while playing IAs that should help since in HS you didn't have AP classes. Overall, you look improved which is great.

    I suggest you reach back out to the ALO and let him know your progress and that you have re-applied. I would also make contact with my MOC to so the same. Those relationships and recommendations are vital to getting an appointment.

    I will tell you that one of my DS's roommates was a second year re-applicant and spent his first year at Purdue. He is doing great. The squad leader for my DS took three tries to get an appointment and has been very successful at the academy. It can be done. Best of luck. We are rooting for you.
     
  6. cisco_kun

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    Just wondering... why would you want to do 4 more years? You are a sophomore now. You will definitely go to field training this upcoming summer. Then you have 2 years left and you'll be done.
     
  7. IdahoAF

    IdahoAF New Member

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    Thanks for all the great advice. To respond to cisco_kun, I only started the ROTC program at the beginning of my sophomore year when I transferred here for the Air Force opportunity. After talking to the detachment commander and my major adviser, they set me up as a "freshman cadet" although I am a sophomore. With this approach, I will attend field training at the end of my Junior year and then when I am finishing up my fifth year, I will be considered a 1st class ROTC cadet.

    I would have preferred to finish in 3 years, but certain engineering classes that I missed out on are only offered in specific semesters so it was impossible to finish in 3 years because of prerequisite courses.
     
  8. cisco_kun

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    I'm trying to get my friend to join AFROTC. He is already a freshman, so he plans on starting next year. I guess I don't fully understand, once you go to field training aren't you garunteed to be a officer? As long as you don't screw up?
     

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