Any other third timers out there?

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  1. Classof2018

    Classof2018 Member

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    Anyone else reapplying to the academy for the third time? My app is almost done- just waiting for the semester to end and for my professors to send in their letters.

    Hopefully third times the charm, eh?
     
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    My mid's roommate was a 3rd timer. He has been a great great Role Model to the other Mid's. They call him "Grandpa". It is pretty hard for a Mid to whine and complain about whether or not is all worth it, when that other Mid in His/Her company threw away 3 years worth of civilian college just to start all over at the Academy. Not to mention having the tenacity to hang in there 3 rounds.

    From what I hear there are a lot of 2nd & 3rd rounders. Good Luck!
     
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  3. NavyHoops

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    My room mate Firstie year was a third timer. They are out there. Good luck!
     
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  4. Spud

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    I was a third timer (which means you usually have 2 years of college but you have applied 3 times) and I now realize what a huge help it was. I was not an academic whiz either at Civilian U or USNA and by that I mean that I had to study hard for everything----nothing came easy. Plebe Year academics were a breeze as a result and it was a good thing as I had, as they say, a "vigorous" Plebe year in Mother B. Youngster and Second Class academics were the buzz saw that humbled me but I knew by that time how to study and how to set priorities so while the Academic Monster didn't eat me, it chewed my tush a few times.

    I never have regretted those 2 years as I matured, learned how to study, and was thoroughly disenchanted with civilian universities. My roommate used to complain about how screwed up USNA was and how he regretted not attending a "real" university. I buried him with stories of huge classrooms and being taught by televison, never seeing a prof in front of the class---only his grad students, not getting the classes you need at registration, having to take classes during the summer and having to quit a job to do it, watching your savings bleed away as you frantically try to line up a summer job when you should be studying or taking exams, having profs who never knew you (try getting a recommendation out of them!), being surrounded by stunning coeds and being too broke to do anything about it except look. I had more of social life at Navy than I ever did at Civ U. He never believed me.
     
  5. flieger83

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    I had a classmate at USAFA that reported for BCT instead of attending his graduation at a state university in California! Yes, really!!!

    We looked at Tim as "the old man" as he had a bachelors degree!!! BUT...he wanted to be a USAF pilot and figured the academy was his only hope...

    I used his math skills a LOT during my doolie year!!!

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  6. CTNope

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    I'm a two timer. If denied I'll be a three, and if then again, a fourth.
     
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  7. CAmom2015

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    CTNope, I admire your drive to pursue your USNA dream! Both my son and daughter applied two times before receiving their appointment. We know of two mids who had to go a third round and were successful. The critical part of this continued pursuit is to make sure you get advice from your USNA regional contact and your BGO to make sure you are addressing any area that needs improvement (if there is any.) Good luck.
     
  8. Classof2018

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    Thanks for the encouragement everyone! Two weeks until the end of the semester so time to buckle down for finals week and prepare for Ochem :confused1:. As odd as it sounds I'm not even all that anxious to hear back from the academy- I'm kind of just accepting that I won't really hear a peep until probably late March.

    I am curious though- anyone have any input on OCS? I will apply a fourth and god forbid a fifth time if I have to to USNA, but should I still not receive anything I would be really interested in pursuing my commission through OCS.
     
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  9. CTNope

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    OCS is a great program. It's not USNA but then again it was never designed to be. Great officers come from both OCS and USNA.
     
  10. NavyHoops

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    OCS produces great officers too. It's all about how the individual embraces the situation, rather than the commissioning source. The only downside could be what career fields are open. All the needs of the Navy and some are more needed than others, but that is always changing.
     
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  11. Capt MJ

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    Ditto OCS. An OC could be married, or be just a bit too old for USNA on Induction Day, be prior enlisted who already has a college degree, or an engineer or other desirable discipline with college degree who decided to be a military officer. Diversity of paths.
     
  12. Spud

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    The Academy has Company Officers on board who are OCS graduates. That is a tremendous endorsement for both the individual and the program.
     
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    And Battalion Officers, faculty and staff - from OCS, ROTC, enlisted commissioning programs. It's all about the officer performance record when being selected for duty at USNA, and I am sure the other SAs. Supe, Dant and DepDant - still an unbroken line of USNA grads, I believe. That makes sense in many ways.
     

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