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  1. jb369

    jb369 New Member

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    Hi,
    I am currently a junior who is looking to go into one of the service academies. I was just wondering if it would help or hurt my chance to apply to westpoint annapolis and usafa. Out of all of them I am hoping to go to USNA.
    I am in a engineering magnet program
    i have taken and gotton 4's inall of my ap classes this includes:
    chemistry
    physics
    world history
    human geography
    literature
    economics
    biology
    american history
    i have a 3.76 and have gotton a 1450 on my sat and a 30 on my act and got a 197 on my psat
    i have 3 varsity letters in baseball
    i am a captain in fca i am president of robotics club french honor society and the debat team
    i activly particpate with the beta club and am a member of the national honor society
    i have about 300 hours of community service and i play travel baseball year round
    I think this is enough to be competive but should i apply to all 3 or just USNA?
     
  2. shellz

    shellz Parent

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    Looking good!

    Have you researched the missions of each service? If appointed to either USMA or USAFA would you want to serve? If the answer is yes, then apply. If you are wishy-washy, or luke warm on the idea of anything but USNA, then IMO it's a waste of your time and the academies' time.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Pippip

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    It wouldn't hurt at all to apply to all of them. But like Shellz said, if you're not 100% you probably shouldn't go.
     
  4. jb369

    jb369 New Member

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    Thank you!
    yes, i have reserached them and i just want to go into the military but i decided i wanted to get a better education first so i thought the academies were the best of both worlds. Would it hurt my chances of getting in to any of them if i applied for all 3?
     
  5. Whistle Pig

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    No problem applying to these 3 ... or Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.

    But here's where some real homework can bring meaningful dividends. Most, particularly initially, like you, group these institutions together. In many respects, there are many similarities, mostly at the educational institutions.

    However, there are vast, siginificant differences in most respects, for graduates, i.e. where, what, how you'll be making a living/serving. All are very different. As you're able, spend time researching and communicating with folks who can and will edify you about these differences. While a very few can and do "transfer" upon graduation and realizing they were misplaced , it is rare and not easy. Better to know on the front end which is a "fit" for you on the back end. That is far more important than which Academy per se. Ideally, that preference should be driven by your objectives, desires, and where you believe you'll best "fit." Good luck, looking fine so far. Keep working. Make this your campaign.

    btw, if you've not yet picked up the candidate books for each, consider doing so. One is "The Naval Academy Candidate's Handbook" by Sue Ross. (Wm Smallwood did an earlier, outdated version.) They can really be good places to start.
     
  6. 1964BGO

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    With the caveat mentioned by Shellz, it won't hurt to apply to more than one SA; as a matter of fact it is strongly suggested by reps from all of the academies. I also recommend that you research USCGA and USMMA as potential alternatives. One feature of USMMA (Merchant Marine Academy aka Kings Point) is the fact that graduates may enter any of the armed forces easily. Best wishes.
     
  7. j89

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    Thanks for all the help!
     

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