Applying to the Naval Academy-- step by step?

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  1. allisonb15

    allisonb15 New Member

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    Hi, I'm really stressing about the application process. I just don't understand it. I've read everything on the website and tried to find stuff on the internet. Could anyone please please please send me a list with as many details as possible? So I can just go step by step in this application? Thank you all.
     
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    I'm familiar with those, although I thank you. Any nomination details?
     
  4. osdad

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    Nomination details will be posted on the web sites of your Representative and your two Senators. Study them and follow them exactly.

    Part of getting in is the ability to think and understand. Not to be too harsh, but this is something of which you need to take ownership. My Youngster made a spreadsheet listing all of the requirements for all four application packets. Then checked it off when she had completed an action. You might try doing that. If there's a specific thing you don't understand post back and we'll try to answer.
     
  5. kinnem

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    Check you MOCs websites. Each MOC is different. Each usually has directions somewhere on their website. If you can't find it call their office.
     
  6. allisonb15

    allisonb15 New Member

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    Thank you all.
     
  7. futuremid

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    LOL girl, I was in your position last year. I never though about going to USNA until my junior year, and completed the whole application process by myself. I literally turned my nomination packets in the day before they were due because I didn't know that we had to turn in separate information haha. But it was definitely a cool learning experience.

    Anyway, I joined these forums just in time! You have too. If you have any questions, we are here to help you. They sure as heck helped me! Just make sure you're basic preliminary app is filled out at this point and you're working out a ton, getting good grades, and getting good SAT scores. Next step will be turning in CFA, recommendations, & scores. THEN, start getting nomination packets ready .... you'll be fine :]

    16!
     
  8. babblinbrooke44

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    it might sound funny, but you may want to look into getting a book such as "The Naval Academy Candidate Book" by Sue Ross or Building a Midshipman...How to Crack the United States Naval Academy Application by Jacqui Murray which is more of a "work book" but has some good stuff too. my mom got them for me (and for her too honestly) since we aren't a military leegacy family. Good luck! (get everything done early!)
     
  9. TChase

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    RE: Applying to the Naval Academy

    My DS decided in September (after attending a Naval Academy Seminar) that this is exactly what he wanted to do and started working immediately. He too had a checklist and it was a daunting task. He completed the entire application in a month's time, including Dodmerb visit, CFA, Nomination Packets and his Blue and Gold interview. We have been waiting since about mid November for a response from the Academy. He is 3 q'd with a Nom. So yes it can be done, just take it in bites and do lots of follow up. There is alot to it, continue to read these forums and you will learn alot that you need to know and most of all GOOD LUCK!
     
  10. Spud

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    The book "The Naval Academy Candidate Book" by Ross is far and above the best source of information and guidance. It is carried by Amazon and easily available. The others are terrible and not worth the money.
     
  11. SimpleMan

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    First off, do not stress about the process. I assume you are a HS junior, and if so, if you are stressing this early, your head is going to explode before you get to spring of your senior year. It is a logical process, and one that you can handle while still living your current life. Take a deep breath and take it one step at a time.

    I 100% agree with Spud. I got an appointment to USMA about a month ago, and am heading there for next year -- actually in about 3 months. Last year I picked up the USMA equivalent of this book (she has one each for USMA, USNA, and USAFA, some co-authored with others) and found it to be superb. Here's a link to it (disclaimer: I am not an Amazon employee, nor do I have a vested interest in them as a company):

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Naval-Aca...=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332434785&sr=1-2

    The USMA version of the book is full of tons of information with no fluff, and I suspect the same is true for this USNA version. It will lay out the process for you, and is a quick read (I read mine over the course of one weekend). I am convinced it helped me to vector in the right direction early on, and took a lot of the mystery out of the process. It is the one reference (besides SAForums of course!) that I would recommend to anyone starting on your journey. You should read it, and also have your parent(s) read it too. Good luck. GO ARMY! BEAT NAVY! (sorry, couldn't resist :wink:).
     
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  12. Memphis9489

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    What makes applying to a service academy seem so daunting and confusing is failing to break it down into components.

    First, you have to differentiate between competing for a "nomination" and an "appointment".

    The nomination is something you must obtain from a member of congressman (usually a senator or congressman - but there are others available, as well) and the appointment is something that only the academy can issue. These two are completely separate and independent although many of the requirements overlap. For instance, a congressman may request a list of your high school activities and the Naval Academy may also request this same information.

    You have to have a nomination in order to earn an appointment. (appointment = admission). However, not everybody who is nominated will be appointed.

    Almost everything you provide to the members of congress (for the nomination) is going to be provided through snail mail. Nearly everything you provide to the Naval Academy (for the appointment) is going to be done online through the CIS (Candidate Information System). You should be working on both at the same time.

    You must fill out a preliminary application to the Naval Academy in order to earn a "candidate number". This is the academy's way of telling you that you seem to be a viable candidate. Once you receive your candidate number you should be able to logon to the CIS and begin the more detailed application process. This will open up to the class of 2017 on April 1st.

    Go to the website of each member-of-congress with whom you are eligible for a nomination and get the necessary information they will require of you to earn their nomination. Make a separate checklist for each. You will discover that they will require much of the same information. But there will be differences! Pay particular attention to any deadlines.

    Be persistent, thorough and meticulous.
     

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