Anyone know about process times and early reviews?

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by Kory, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. Kory

    Kory New Member

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    Hey does anyone know how long it usually takes for the academy to process your physical fitness form? I submitted it on thursday 11-19-09 and i was just wondering when i should expect it to be processed. It was my last form to be submitted and someone from the staff at the academy emailed me and said that my physical fitness form was the only thing keeping me from being under early review from the board. I luckily took the test that same day and submitted my scores. I have heard that you have a higher chance of being accepted if you are in the early review. Is that typically correct?
     
  2. SusieSunshine

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    USAFA forms processing

    Hi! I'm an Admissions Liaison Officer (ALO) for the Air Force Academy and Air Force ROTC. Right now, the Admissions Office at USAFA is swamped with thousands of applications, so I suggest to you that you contact your counselor in the Admissions Office and ask if they have received your fitness scores. It is true that the earlier people apply to the Academy and for ROTC scholarships, the more chances a review board will have to look over their application. The first board met in October, there is one around the end of November, in Dec, Jan, Feb, and March. If necessary, they'll have more boards after that. Several people have already been offered appointments because their applications were very competitive, and they had everything turned in by the October board. Don't worry about it...just contact your counselor at the Admissions Office. If you require assistance doing this, ask your ALO to help you...they're the one who gave you your interview. Good luck to you!
     
  3. Kory

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    So do i need to mail my CFA scores to the academy as well as submiting them online?
     
  4. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    From what I understand, only if they request them. You (or whoever did the test) should keep a signed copy of them until you're there and sure they're no longer needed!
     
  5. Pima

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    A lot of people will say the earlier you get the better your chance, but I agree with Susie, those that are getting appts now are very competitive or have a principal nom. Remember that the rule is no apptmt can be charged to an MOC until the entire slate has a WCS. Thus, you can submit in Nov., but not hear until March because 1 person did not complete their file until the end of February. The reason they call it the mass mailing is because that is when the bulk goes out. Only about 300 get their apptmts before March, it is not common. Just watch the list come Mar, it will go from 15 to 50 in a day.
     
  6. smle

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    "Remember that the rule is no apptmt can be charged to an MOC until the entire "SLATE" has a WCS."

    Could you please give more explanation to "slate" for me? Thanks!
     
  7. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    Each MOC can nominate ten people for each available slot they have at the academy. The list of ten names is referred to as their "slate". If they use the competitive method of nominating, that means they just list the 10 names, and the academy gets to decide who gets the appointment, which they do by using the WCS (Whole Candidate Score) to see who is the most qualified.

    Even if your application was complete in August, if you receive a competitive nomination (and don't have an LOA), then you can't be compared to everyone on the slate until all 10 applications are complete and each candidate is assigned a WCS.
     
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    Realize however, that this is in no case a "Rule". MANY representatives place their nominees in a priority order. And as such, the #1 nominee on the representative's list can receive their appointment without any of the other's on the list (Slate) having even finished their application.

    Now; don't ask me how many representatives prioritize their slate and how many just hand it off to the academy to choose. No one has that answer. And it can change each year. It's totally at the discretion of the MOC. But I know quite a few that believe it is "THEIR" responsibility to nominate the applicants and to say who they prefer as their #1 choice. So while technically, the slot can't be filled until everyone on the slate has been scored, that ONLY APPLIES to those MOC's who give the list to the academy and asks them to do the choosing. mike.....
     
  9. Texasrocks

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    so if you have a nom and a LOA does that mean you get an appointment?
     
  10. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    Yes, assuming you met any other requirements listed. Seems like Navy doesn't send LOA's out until everything is complete, so most of those seem to be only nom-dependent (other than possibly medical). We know several people who got WP LOA's just based on summer seminar and they still had to submit transcripts, essays, letters of recommendation and things like that. But if your LOA was only dependent on a nomination, then yes.
     
  11. Pima

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    CC is correct, that some MOCs will submit principal or rank. Your nom letter typically will say how they submitted their slate. For example, they can say we submit alphabetically, which means they leave it to the SA to decide. They also can say we submit our slate with principal and no rank order for alternates...if it doesn't say congrats you're our principal, it means you are on the alternate. This would mean, basically that if the principal declines the appt, they allow the AFA to make the decision. For all 3 of our MOC's from NC, the list was submitted alphabetically, i.e. WCS comes in play because they allowed the freedom of choice to the AFA.

    A few yrs ago, I recall the congressman from Terre Haute submitted 1 name alone. Thus, that apptmt was going to this kid no matter what. Although the MOC can nominate up to ten individuals, there is no requirement that demands they submit 10 names. That is up to them.

    It takes a long time to wrap your head around how the noms work. I recall somewhere on the AFA site, it talks about the nom process, at least before they re-did the site. At that time they said the most popular type of slate (70%) is non-competitive, that means it goes back to the WCS and the entire slate being submitted before an appointment is given.

    Good luck
     

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