applications for USCGA

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  1. beaver1

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    Does anyone know how many of the juniors who attended AIM actually applies for the 4 year academy. According to the stats 45 percent are accepted. 45% of what number. Thanks
     
  2. Bear

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    The Class of 2013

    Here's the stats for the Class of 2013 on R-day:

    - 297 Swabs reported
    - 29% Female, 71 % Male
    - 16% Minority; 84% White
    - SAT Average: 615 Critical Reading and 635 Math
    - Average incoming cadet ranked in the 18% of their graduating class
    - 35% were AIM Graduates
    -2 were deferrals from the Class of 2012, 2 were enlisted coming from the USCG fleet, 46 were CGA scholars, 240 were standard applications
    -Geography: 39 States; Belgium, Germany, Guam, Italy, Puerto Rico, Saipan, South Korea, US Virigin Islands
    -Top three States: 23 New Jersey, 22 Florida and 22 Virginia
    - International Cadets: Azerbaijan, Belize, Honduras, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, and Tunisia
     
  3. beaver1

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    What is a CGA scholar? Surprised at the low percentage from AIM. Does this mean that a smaller number of AIM graduates applied or just a lesser percentage was accepted?
     
  4. Luigi59

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    CGA Scholars are USCGA-sponsored Prep School students. They attend either NMMI in Roswell, NM or MMI in Marion, AL. After successful completion of prep school they are offered full apointments.

    Could be both. :wink:

    AIM serves a purpose, and sometimes that purpose is to convince some candidates that the USCGA is not for them. Those AIMsters never complete an application. And as AIM is not a "slam-dunk" on your application, those AIMsters that DO apply are facing some stiff nationwide competition for a very small number of appointments.

    :cool:
     
  5. Gen2

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    Keep in mind that many juniors attend several service academy summer programs, knowing that CGA is No. 2 or No. 3 on their preference list.

    It's not that they didn't get accepted to CGA, but they might have been accepted to another SA and taken that appointment over CGA. The stats are from Rday, not from all appointments sent out.

    That would be a more interesting fact re: AIM: How many AIM participants applied, how many earned an appointment, and how many accepted that appointment. Then, how many AIM make it through all 4 years compared to someone without the AIM experience.

    But it's also true that AIM participation does not guarantee an appointment.
     
  6. beaver1

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    I am an average student but with a great desire and dream to be a coastie. Trying to calculate my odds and determine what I should do other than keeping physically fit. Unfortunately I dont have any AP classes etc. B grades. But a burning desire to be a part of the USCG. Do I have a chance?
     
  7. Bear

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    average student, and well-rounded is okay

    beaver1 - My son could be categorized as an average student. Yet, he has successfully made his way into the Academy. I believe his desire, well-rounded character and leadership skills paved his way into the academy. He first attended AIM , which confirmed his desire to be a part of the USCGA. Next he spoke with his high school counselors, teachers, personal friends, and church leader to express his desire. All rallied behind him and wrote letters of recommendations. He undoubtedly was considered a true leader in our community, both on the football field and in community service work. Next he visited the Academy in the fall of his senior year and visited with athletic dept. The coaches did not give him a lot of hope because of his average grades (3.3 GPA). He retook the ACT twice to achieve a 25 (average again). Submitted his materials for early acceptance (Nov. 1) along with some sincere and well written essays about life experiences. Again – this gave him a chance to emphasize his leadership skills. Unfortunately, he did not get accepted in December and was deferred for the spring. Good news arrived in March 2008 with an offer for him to attend USCGA scholars program. He gladly accepted and spent one very tough year at NMMI. It’s not a picnic at NMMI. It’s more like reform school. In March 2009 – he was offered an appointment to USCGA.
    So you can see – an average kid can make into the academy and succeed! He had an awesome SWAB experience and should be fine going forward.
    Feel free to email if you want to be coached through the process. Always happy to help you out.
     
  8. shellz

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    My son was also an average student in high school. I think he ended up with a 3.4, taking a rigorous college prep schedule. His SAT was just shy of the average posted for the class of 2011 profile. He was a two sport varsity athlete, not a captain for either. He earned his Eagle Scout in December of his Jr. Year. Unfortunately he didn't learn of the academy until mid November of this same year, so no early action for him. He was waitlisted in April, and in June got the word that no offer of appointment for the class of 2012 would be coming. He was crushed, but determined to give it another shot. So, since he was not fortunate enough to be offered CGAS, he enrolled at the local Junior College and took a course load which mirrored that of a 4/c at CGA, and earned good grades. (Calculus, English, Chemistry, Chem Lab, and just for kicks Art History.) He also took the SAT again, and raised his score by almost one hundred points. Lastly, and this may have been key for him, he took up a new sport and did very well in it. He reapplied (DoDMERB good for 2 years, so he didn't have to get re-qualified) and once his 1st semester college grades were in, he had an answer within 6 weeks or so. The good news came in March, and the kid didn't stop smiling for weeks!
    You just never know until you try. My advice, apply early, get cleared by DoDMERB ASAP!, get really compelling letters of recommendation, and if you don't succeed the first time, try, try again. Good luck! :cool:
     
  9. J Collins

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    My Daughter is a USCGA Scholar.. She graduated with a 3.73 GPA (unweighted). She had 1 AP class (our school doesnt offer many).. but she had tons of Community service hours, volunteered with church, teen anti-drug programs, did HS sports all year every year. Her SAT and ACT scores were on the low side, but she didnt give up she took the ACT 4 times and the SAT 3 times.. She was persistant, but she should of studied more..

    She received a nomination from our congressman to the USMMA, and appointments to both USMMA Prep and USCGA Prep.

    She chose USCGA since that is where her heart was AFTER AIM last summer. She was / is extatic with the Prep School option.. So far at NMMI she is loving it (not sure about the army way of life though LOL).

    I spent the last weekend at NMMI with her and other prep kids.. they all seem to be transitioning well and by June they should be shining examples of CGA Swabs.

    Funny the things they were taught at CGA for 10 days are being corrected.. No it is not the head, it is a latrine! No it is not the deck, it is a floor! No it is not a cover, it is a hat LOL... and something else I noticed, the CGA preps have a bond that is envyed by many.

    They started with 41 CGA Scholars and NMMI, there are now 38. They are enlisted into the Coast Guard as an E2 to cover the costs of school (CGA pays for tuition, they have to pay for everything else with their pay).

    These kids are Cadet Candidates to the class of 2014. They have a spot already in next years class with their name on it. They have to stay focused, get the grades, loose the weight, pass the PFE's, do well academically and on the retake of the ACT.
     
  10. sunshine2014

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    Although written awhile ago, I appreciate and am happy that I found your response.

    My son was an AIMster...and loved it! He wants nothing more than to go to the academy and start his CG life! He was deferred from EI and now is waiting anxiously. He comes home from school everyday and runs to the mailbox holding his breath hoping something is there for him.

    My son is also that average kid everyone else is seeming to live with. He's an Eagle Scout, gpa 3.3, SAT just below the listed average for the class. He's a great kid and really wants to be a Coastie! I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping he gets his wish!

    Congrats to all who received acceptance!
     
  11. beaver1

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    Eagle during SWAB summer

    Does anyone know if all the SWABS get an opportunity to go on the Eagle during SWAB summer or it certain companies?
     
  12. Luigi59

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    Unless they are denied for a medical reason, all swabs will get to sail on Eagle for 1 week during Swab Summer.

    Usually, Alfa/Bravo/Charlie get the first week, followed by Delta/Echo/Foxtrot, and then Golf/Hotel get the final week cruise.

    July 23 Arrive Miami, Florida
    Phase Change – 4/c 1st Phase
    July 26 Depart Miami, Florida
    July 30 Arrive Savannah, Georgia
    Phase Change - 4/c 2nd Phase
    August 2 Depart Savannah, Georgia
    August 6 Arrive Wilmington, North Carolina
    Phase Change - 4/c 3rd Phase
    August 9 Depart Wilmington, North Carolina
    August 14 Arrive New London, Connecticut
     
  13. shellz

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    From your past experience, Luigi, will the 3/c who arrive in Miami on the 23rd be released immediately, or are there duties which will keep them there another day or so? I'm assuming they will clear out pretty quickly, given the swabs arriving on the 23rd. We know not to make any plans this far out, but it would be nice to know if he will be home the following day...for his 20th bday! :smile::smile::smile:
     
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    You can safely assume there will be a C-130 waiting to fly the 3/c back to Groton after they disembark.
     
  15. shellz

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    So travel plans home should be made from CT not FL. I had read somewhere that sometimes travel can be done from the arrival port city....but that some years it was ok, while other years the cadets went back to CT first, and them home on leave.

    I know, I know...semper gumby. :wink: So many questions from this newby mom...thanks for your help!
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    R-day is the day they report to the academy...so this would be the number who show up on the first day. The graduation percentage is lower.
     
  17. disey3

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    Sure is nice to know...

    Am new to the forum and have been reading many many posts...Our son is determined as well to be a "Coastie..." Who said it best "Second time around is a charm?" That's us! Patiently waiting for any news for our son on his 2nd application to USCGA. Determined young man his is...wanted to learn to dive at 13...done! Learned to fly and solo before graduating HS...done! And mind you all of this was his will and hard work that paid for it all!! Even brought a few of his buddies over to the airport for Young Eagles program and got 2 others hooked on aviation! Can you imagine? Congrats to those who have rec'd an appointment and to those who are waiting like us...Luigi59 says "Keep the Faith!" We do....:thumb:
     
  18. shellz

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    We were in your shoes one year ago....and now son is almost done with 4/c year. So good things do come to those who wait! (and put in the effort :wink:)

    BTW, the extra year of maturity and life experiences have been a blessing for our son. Had he gone in last year, I'm sure he would have made it through, but not as well as he has this year. It's still hard, but he's a year older, and for him that year was huge.
     
  19. disey3

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    Absolutely!

    Couldn't agree more :shake: He is more determined than ever now regarding a future with CG...His college is concentrated heavily with Marine and naval influences...Can't pray enough or wish any harder than what we are doing now...:worship:If it's meant to be it will be! Thanks for the post!
     

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