BGO w/ STRONG POLITICAL BELIEFS

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  1. Vista123

    Vista123 Member

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    Is there any way that USNA ensures that the BGOs do not take in their own personal, religious or political beliefs w/ regards to the recommendations for applicants?
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Indirectly. There are certain fields/topics BGOs are required to cover in their interviews. Those really don't lend themselves to personal biases. I've had many candidates who (based on their "resumes") hold different political or personal beliefs. Makes no difference in my views. If you're going to write a "negative" review as a BGO, you'd better support it factually, with facts that matter to USNA. The fact you may not want to be BFF with a candidate is not a good reason.

    At USNA, midshipman come from various ethnic, religious, political, social, economic and other backgrounds. That's one of the great things about SAs and the military -- they are huge melting pots.
     
  3. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    I would be curious to what spurred that question or is it out of curiosity?
     
  4. Vista123

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    It wasnt a personal question. two sons already went through the process (usna and arotc) daughter not as inclined but who knows...our BGO was awesome!!!!

    I was just informed that a person who posted a lot of anti CIC, anti minority recruitment, anti athlete recruitment etc etc etc is a BGO. I know a person who has those beliefs will not automatically be inclined to sway their recommendations to follow their beleifs. Now to hear he is a BGO. It is disappointing.
     
  5. Spud

    Spud BGO

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    I think your problem is: " I was just informed......"
    Why not read what this guy has posted and make up your own mind vice reacting to rumor?
     
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    I took it as Vista123 has encountered and read this BGO's postings previously and just learned that he is a BGO now. Regardless, I hope for the sake of the program and the influence it can have, he or she takes the mission and guidance USNA provides to heart and puts personal opinions aside. Maybe this will expand their opinions once they start meeting so many great young men and women (trying to be optimistic!).
     
  7. Vista123

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    Spud, the above mentioned BGO is a prolific poster who has been kicked off multiple social media venues due to their lack of ability to remain apolitical even when the rules expressly state so. So I am not reacting to rumor, I have read many many many of their postings and observed them not being able to put personal opinions aside--and have seen them removed from various social media because of it. Though I have never witnessed them in BGO action and am hoping that they can do so....
     
  8. Spud

    Spud BGO

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    Ah, my mistake. I read your post as if it was hearsay and it was not. Sorry.
     
  9. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I'm not entirely sure who you're talking about. I can say I'm not the biggest fan of minority or athletic recruitment, not because I don't want minorities or athletes at an academy, but because I'm concerned that, if these groups aren't naturally being brought in, what lengths are then to recruit.

    In my ideal world, academy admissions offices are blind to race and gender. They should key in only on qualifications. That's it. That shouldn't change who is accepted..... but if it does..... that question is why..... and the answer to that question is important.

    Yes, I know, I say that as a straight, middle class, white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant male.

    And I don't like Obama. But here's a news flash, there are many people who don't like him.... and everyone has had a boss they didn't like. You either do your job or you move on.

    Now obviously, I'm not the BGO. But in official settings, my opinions mean little.... it's all about the job you have to do....


    Of course, you do realize the MOC you need a nomination from are, by definition, political.
     
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    I'm with Vista on this one. I too was dismayed to learn that a prolific poster ( probably the same one, maybe not) was a BGO. That person is very intolerant of others' views and enjoys "stirring the pot" in social media groups. I was unaware that said person had been kicked out of groups, but I and a few others left a Parents group on our own because of his posts. He is intolerant of Mids who don't live up to his Standards. I feel sorry for Candidates assigned to him. Hopefully, he does not bring that attitude to the BGO process.
     
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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Folks,

    Understand the concern. This forum can only deal with general questions. If any one of you believes a specific BGO may be acting inappropriately, you should bring it to the attention either of the Area Coordinator for that BGO's region and/or to USNA Admissions. The AC's contact info is in the USNA catalog, which is available on-line. If you don't know where this individual lives, then you can contact Candidate Guidance (Admissions).

    There are approximately 3000 BGOs nationwide. Obviously, it can be difficult for USNA to "police" every one of them, especially if there are no complaints from the candidates. That said, if individuals have concerns -- and especially specifics with which to back them up which it appears some of you may have -- there are appropriate places to express them and I encourage you to do so. The only way for USNA to deal with potential "bad apples" is for someone to let them know of the situation.

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