Can anybody tell me how this works?

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  1. StudentInWisconsin

    StudentInWisconsin Member

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    Can anybody tell me the way the Character Review Board works? On my application, I had to check "yes" for a question about getting suspended from high school, and I explained the situation in the remarks box. I chose to be totally honest about what happened. Afterwards, I got an email asking some more detailed questions about the incident and after I promptly answered the questions, the person simply said, thank you, I'm passing this on to the Character Review Board. My question is, will they simply mark me YES/NO and the rest of my whole candidate score be treated just like everybody else, or does this have something be subtracted from my overall score? If anybody could shed some light on this for me, I would appreciate it very much.
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    The Character Review Board looks into character issues (not surprising, huh?). It was created b/c USNA realized that certain candidates had issues in their lives that implicated character.

    As a GENERAL rule, if you didn't commit a major crime (murder, rape, armed robbery, etc.) and are honest, you're probably going to get through. USNA recognizes that kids make mistakes. In most cases, those mistakes won't hurt you if you owned up to them, accepted your "punishment," and learned from the experience.

    I wouldn't sweat it if it was a minor disciplinary issue. If something more serious, it could be an issue. However, you were absolutely correct to be honest. The worst thing that can happen is for someone to lie about a prior issue -- eventually it will catch up with you.

    It is basically a Yes/No evaluation. If the Character Board is satisfied, it won't detract from your score. At some level, you will get points (figuratively, not literally) for acknowledging what happened and being honest.
     
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    Thank you USNA1985 for your quick response.
     
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    I was just wondering if they checked your discipline record for middle school because I did get some suspensions for minor things...? Also, got a detention in 9th grade for very minor thing and would I have to include this?
     
  5. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    You are being evaluated based upon your achievements and actions during high school. Middle school has no bearing.

    Honesty is the BEST policy!

    Candidates on this forum will begin to see people using the term "Bubble Wrap." When counseling my candidates I always mention to both them and their parents to be very cautious during the remainder of their senior year. We want you to have fun, but keep it good, clean fun.

    Partying, DUI, suspensions, failing classes, arrests, injuries and bad decisions (especially at prom) and graduation party incidents CAN impact your future if an offer has been made. Alcohol offenses are looked down upon. Be very careful what you and your friends post on the networking sites (keg stands at a pregame are not good, nor are pictures playing beer pong) :eek:

    If your BGO sees something in the news or hears of actions that are unbecoming of a future mid we can, and depending on the severity, must inform the Academy.
     

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