BGOs

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  1. che527

    che527 Member

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    I emailed my Area Coordinator to put me in touch with my local BGO yesterday morning. I'm a little too desperate (probably because of the fact that I'm excited to start this USNA journey), but how quickly do BGOs respond?
     
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    I tried to get in touch with my BGO for several months by leaving him messages/sending him emails. When I finally got in touch with him, it turned out he wasn't my actual BGO-just the BGO area coordinator who gets me in touch with my actual BGO.
    So by then it was the beginning of August and I tried getting in touch with my "new" BGO by leaving him messages/sending him emails as I had prior. When he finally answered my emails, which took him quite some time, he told me he was out of the country for 3 more weeks on some type of Navy training.
    So what I'm trying to say is..... it depends. If you have a busy BGO, someone like mine who has a very demanding job outside of being a BGO, it may take some time. Or you could have a BGO who isn't as busy and can correspond with you very quickly, in which case you can get your interview done very soon.
     
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  3. che527

    che527 Member

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    Thanks!
     
  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    It's fine to make contact with your BGO. However, if you're looking to do your interview, I strongly suggest you first complete parts of the application for which you're responsible. This shows you are motivated and that you are (more) likely actually to complete your application.

    Most, not all, BGOs, won't interview candidates until 33-50% of their packets are complete. I know others who won't interview until the candidate is 100% complete.

    Note that a BGO should be willing to correspond with you and answer your questions right away. But don't ask your BGO to conduct the actual interview until you demonstrate you are doing your part.
     
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    If it helps, the BGO for our DS does not schedule interviews until a candidate's application is at least 50% complete. He did send out an email to that effect several months ago, so all the candidates understood his approach in advance. Sure enough, when DS' application was >50% complete, he heard from his BGO and they settled on an interview date.
     
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    The OP is only starting her junior yr of h.s. (based on her prior threads.) Typically, applicants are in their senior year. BGO would then be involved at that time when a significant % of the application is omplete.
     
  7. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    che527, give it a week or two. However, as others have posted, H.S. seniors are the priority right now. If you have general questions to ask your BGO, then ask away. However, I would caution you to read every part of the USNA's website (Admissions, Academics, Student Life, etc.), as you do not want to ask questions that are easily found on the site. If you are looking to contact your BGO in the hopes of a CVW (at this time), I would not expect it to happen. See the other thread about how CVWs are being offered to juniors in the fall. Next big item is the NASS application.
     
  8. USNASWO

    USNASWO New Member

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    As a BGO and an Area Coordinator, it is my personal policy to respond to all emails/voicemails within 24 hrs. I tell my BGOs to make contact within a week (preferrably sooner).

    The best way to locate a BGO is to go to the AC list, which is updated by Admissions. Tell the AC the name of your high school and the city where the high school is, and they can provide you the BGO contact info.
    https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/BGO/

    The policy for interviews, according to the BGO Handbook, is BGOs should schedule interviews when the candidate is 38% complete with their application. I give my BGOs a little leeway and start to push them when their candidates reach 50%.

    Regarding early contact, I enjoy hearing from young men and women interested in USNA. If a high school freshman or sophomore contacted me, I'd gladly talk with them and even meet with them and their parents to provide an admissions brief. The earlier they start preparing the better. This could also be in their favor, because come interview time when they are a senior, I can state that I've known them for 1-2 years and have been discussing USNA with them. I believe it shows great initiative to reach out early to a BGO.
     

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