Application Help

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by neugs, May 14, 2010.

  1. neugs

    neugs USNA 2015 Appointee

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    In the 2015 application, it asks for any history with trouble in the police. Unfortunately, I was pulled over for having too many kids in my car with an unrestricted license. Does that technically hurt my chances at admission? Or are they simply asking for any history with the police and want to make sure you haven't done anything terrible? Thanks.
     
  2. vollkmc

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    Well, first off, definitely make sure that you do include your violation in the appropriate section. To leave it off would not only bring your conduct, but also your honor, into question when it does show up on your background check.

    If your offense is a misdemeanor, I believe your application will have to go before the Character Review Committee. If this happens, you will be asked to write up a summary of the violation and what you learned from it. Outcomes from the CRC can range from the violation having absolutely no effect on your application to a recommendation that you not be considered for admission (depending on the severity of the violation).

    If your offense is a minor traffic violation (with fine under $200), I think it would be safe to say that it won't have much of an effect on your application at all.

    You can't control the past but you can control the future, so don't do anything that would cause you to receive another citation (this includes speeding).

    The best sources of information, of course, are your Blue and Gold Officer (BGO) and your Regional Director (contact info for both can be found in the Candidate Information System).

    Best of luck!
     
  3. js3486

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    Integrity above all else

    If it happened do not neglect to report it. As trivial as it may sound, if you fail to report it and you are accepted you will be required to submit a background investigation form to the Police. If you did not report it and they do your appointment would probably be rescinded. It is called lying by omission and seeing how honor and integrity are cornerstones to these institutions you would have proven to them at least in principle that you are lacking those traits. Good Luck, and God Bless!!
     
  4. Ahart7

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    Sorry to jump in your thread, but I got a city code violation for speeding. The officer was nice enough to give me a city code violation instead of a speeding ticket. He said just pay the fine and it doesn't go on my record or insurance or anything. So i'm guessing I should mention it right? Even though it won't Be on my background check?
     
  5. 1964BGO

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    One other point to remember: while a single incident may be excused, a pattern of such violations will be viewed much differently! Another point to bear in mind: While you are a cadet/midshipman you will have to submit to a background investigation in order to qualify for a security clearance. If you cannot qualify for a security clearance you are not going to be of much use to any of the armed services. Just a couple of words of advice. Best wishes to all of you.
     
  6. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    64 is spot on. As a general rule, a minor incident is unlikely to hurt your chances. USNA understand that not everyone is perfect. Episodes involving drugs and/or alcohol will be carefully scrutinized. And, a pattern of events, even minor, can trigger unwanted attention.

    Whatever you do, BE HONEST. Being less than 100% honest is nothing but double trouble. They will find out and, when they do, you're sunk.
     

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