Application Process: Am I Missing Something?

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  1. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    Can someone provide me a really simple list of what is necessary, form-wise, to get accepted into USMA?

    Is it really just:

    -Turn all red Xs into green ticks;
    -Get a nomination;
    -Pass DoDMERB exam?

    I know the nomination process and DoDMERB exam are long on their own... But, in simple terms, are those the only 3 things I need?

    Just wanted to double-check.
     
  2. GoArmyBeatNavy

    GoArmyBeatNavy Member

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    get 6, then 7, semesters of transcripts in.
     
  3. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    Yes - I mean besides the transcripts. Does the application have anything else besides The Green Ticks (+Transcripts), DoDMERB exam and Nomination?
     
  4. GoArmyBeatNavy

    GoArmyBeatNavy Member

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    There could be an interview with the liaison.
     
  5. Dixieland

    Dixieland Member

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    Glad you mentioned this. :thumb: My cadet had an interview with his MALO.

    Have ever checked out TacticalNuke's post with the Admissions Timeline (courtesy of MAJ Belmont)? http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=19223 Lots of helpful information in the stickies at the top of the USMA page.
     
  6. USMA2016

    USMA2016 Appointee - Class of 2016

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    If you did the squad leader interview at SLS does that count for it?
     
  7. NamD

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    ^ yea..same question. i was interviewed at SLS. do I still get interviewed by my MALO or FFR?
     
  8. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    Yeah I saw the timeline. But, from my observations, there isn't anything else... which is somewhat weird, after hearing loads of horror stories about how long is the USMA application process.

    I understand the nomination process is a process on its own. But, is there anything else besides Nomination, DoDMERB and Portal? I am also wondering about the interview - if you have done it in SLS, do you still have to do it with your MALO?
     
  9. Ken2012

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  10. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    That makes absolute sense! Perhaps that's true. Did you guys get your DoDMERB results yet?
     
  11. buff81

    buff81 Moderator

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    Straight from WP admissions:
    http://admissions.usma.edu/requirements.html

    As far as the interview - even if you had a SLS interview you may have a MALO/FFR interview too. You will notice on the checklist from the site listed above, that an interview is not even mentioned.
    An interview is not required.
    Why?
    Because there are not enough MALOs/FFRs to interview every candidate.
    BillSL may fall in that category, being an overseas candidate.
    We have enough FFRs in our state to conduct interviews, but we usually only interview the competitive candidates.

    I agree with Ken2012, the wait is the hard part and what makes the process so long.
    You could have your app finished right now and not hear whether or not you have an appt until March/April. That's a long time!
    If you have any DoDMERB issue, that is a common reason as to why the process drags on.
    If you are put on the NWL, that prolongs the wait.
    The wait can be excruciating. Been there-done that.
    DS had a LOA and Nom early Fall BUT had 2 DoDMERB DQs. The 2 medical waivers didn't come until the end of April and the appointment soon after. He had his DoDMERB exams in July. That's why we emphasize to get your DoDMERB exam done ASAP.
    DQs can sometimes take a long time to get waived.
    Lots of waiting for most candidates.
    It's the proverbial 'hurry up and wait'.
     
  12. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    buff81 posts:

    /thread

    Once again, thank you for the great insight.

    Even though I have not yet been there-done that, I can feel your excruciating pain due to the delay! Do you have any tips for coping with it, buff81 (or anyone)?
     
  13. buff81

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    Haha - well - I'm probably not the best person to ask for coping tips.
    That was a very long and stressful year - for his parents.
    DS handled it much better. He dotted all the I's and crossed all the T's and then let it go and enjoyed being a Senior.
    He told me that worrying accomplished nothing so why worry. That's how he handled it. Smart kid there :thumb:
     
  14. NamD

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    buff81,
    Thank you for the information!
    In terms of the interview, do the FFR contact the candidates for interviews first (this is assuming that the candidate has a FFR or a MALO)?

    Thanks!
    Dave
     
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    My cadet's MALO called him personally and they arranged the meeting time. It took place in our home and lasted about 45 minutes to one hour. After initial pleasantries, I was politely asked not to be a part of their conversation. It was a very relaxed meeting and DS enjoyed the one-on-one time because he got to update the MALO on what he had been doing since they last talked. He also said some of the time was spent gauging DS's understanding of what a commitment to West Point and the Army really meant.
     
  16. SaltLife

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    I think its good to contact your FFR first, and if you dont know who they are yet you should email or call someone at West Point, maybe like a congressional district coordinator. You can find their info in your portal.
     
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    For the interview, the MALO/FFR will contact the candidate.
     
  18. GoArmyBeatNavy

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    once your application is done, the best thing to do is keep taking your tests! ACT and SAT:thumb:
     
  19. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    ^Yeah, that's a good idea!

    Tips for the reading section, anyone (preferably ACT, but SAT tips are also welcome!)
     
  20. will60633

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    I went from a 550 to a 710 reading on the SAT and the best piece of advice I can give is to read a lot of stuff that you don't find interesting. I thought the vocab is what would trip me up but in all honesty, there arent that many vocabulary questions. I struggled with reading a passage about something I could honestly care less about such as a plant in a 50's diner (no joke that was actually a passage) and then answer questions about that. If you can prepare yourself by reading dry material and then quizing yourself on what you've read, it will definitely help sharpen your skills for the reading section. TAKE MANY PRACTICE SAT'S PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!
     

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