Athletic offer for USAFA

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  1. Hopefulcadetmom

    Hopefulcadetmom Member

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    I apologize if this has already been addressed. A local student has already received an offer to USAFA and West Point.....he is a recruited athlete and has not even considered the military prior to receiving these offers. How does this work when he hasn't even applied/completed the portal/becoming an official candidate? Thank you.....
     
  2. Christcorp

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    If he did not receive and "Official Offer" to the academies. If he did ANY part of the application process, even the Pre-candidate portion, the MOST they could have given him at this time is an LOA. (Letter of Assurance). It ASSURES him, that if he completes his application; receives a nomination; and is 100% qualified..... then he WILL receive an appointment.

    The Army is known for giving these out before even starting an application. The air force doesn't do this. You have to have started the application. I'm sure, that this local student, is simply stating they are being given offers. Chances are, it's totally verbal. Although, the army's LOA could be official. But I promise you one thing, this individual did NOT RECEIVE an appointment. That's not possible without a completed application, nomination, and 100% qualification.
     
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  3. NavyHoops

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    My guess is USMA and USAFA are saying that he is a good enough recruit in their eyes to use one of their "pocket noms" on him. Essentially a few teams get a handful of Supt's Noms they can use on top recruits. The teams more than likely have already done their due diligence on the player's background to know if he has the grades and scores to be admitted. This is not an "official offer" as they can't give him appointment yet without being 3Q and a Nom. He will still have to do the entire application and DoDMERB. He will also need a Nom, but usually if the player is making these kinds of bold statements it means that the schools are willing to use one of their Noms. He will have to complete the entire application like every candidate, the team will encourage him to apply to all nominations sources, he will take the CFA like all candidates and also have to pass DoDMERB. So although on the surface statements like that can be shocking, there are lots of caveats, small print, etc that is included in his statements that to be totally honest, he might not even fully understand at this point.
     
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    fencersmother Founding Member

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    Hopeful, can you post here the EXACT WORDING of what this student received?
     
  5. Hopefulcadetmom

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    Posting on social media is "Joe Smith received an offer from USMA and USAFA"
     
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    fencersmother Founding Member

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    Ahh, ok. Well, I wouldn't be buying the sweatshirt and mugs yet, then.

    Good luck to your Joe Smith!
     
  7. Hopefulcadetmom

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    His relative is on social media posting so I will be able to keep up with further developments!
     
  8. fencersmother

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    His relative should follow the sage advice of "Hold on there, youngin'. Let's not get ahead of ourselves."
     
  9. NavyHoops

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    This falls in the category of an athlete signing a Letter of Intent for a SA. Doesn't exist although kids 'sign' something more for ceremony. He may have an 'offer' with lots of contingencies and asterisks next to it.
     

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