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  1. 2ndLTgray

    2ndLTgray Member

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    Does CAP help with getting accepted into WP?
     
  2. AKH

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    Just as much as any other extracurricular would.
     
  3. futureAFA

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    If you want to be in the Army CAP will probably be fun for you though. It is based off of the Air Force (USAF style uniforms and some other things) but you will still learn a lot that the Army will teach you. Look it up and research it a little if you haven’t already.
     
  4. rkrosnar

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    It can be very important, there was a youngman from our area, who was in CAP and received an appointment to one of the SA's. It shows leadership, it is never to late to start.

    RGK
     
  5. Ken2012

    Ken2012 Prospective

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    I'm an example of this, I joined C.A.P. at an older age and I've gotten some excellent leadership experience.
     
  6. buff81

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    Participate in CAP ONLY if it is something that you want to do, not because it is a box that you can check on your application.
     
  7. 2ndLTgray

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    I know. I hear they do a lot of community service and I can get leadership positions too.
     
  8. AKH

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    Basically any other like student organization like DECA, debate, sports, music, theatre, or any branch of JROTC will do that for you. Are you actually going to like doing CAP or is it just for admission to West Point? That's not the right way to go about it.
     
  9. 2ndLTgray

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    Yeah, from what Ive heard it seems really fun
     
  10. Ken2012

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    Based on what I've seen in C.A.P., you either like it or you don't. I would agree with doing it if you like it... because if you don't it is very hard to stick with. As is anything, of course.
     
  11. Swiper

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    I'm at USMAPS right now and I honestly don't think I would be here if it were not for CAP.

    People in CAP say that "you get out of it what you put in to it"- and it's true. If you're really involved with it, then you are truly underestimating the weight that being in CAP has on your appearance and application; however, if you're just the average cadet in CAP, then it'll be just another box to check off on your application.

    Personally, I held leadership positions, joined the drill team, and went to many special activities in CAP. Going to interviews/information seminars in uniform really helped me out.

    So I guess you could say it's specific to each case, but I suggest getting very involved and emphasizing the fact that you're in CAP (during interviews, phone calls, e-mails, and your application).

    I definitely agree with everyone else though- don't do it just to check off the box! Best of luck!
     
  12. futureAFA

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    Yeah, I agree, I know for a fact I have learned a lot of customs and courtesies that will surely help me in interviews. Also, I am surprised you went to your interviews in a CAP uniform. To what extent did you do follow CAP customs/courtesies, such as reporting, saluting etc. because that is expected when in uniform if I’m not mistaken?
    People will REALLY notice if you dont want to be there. You will progress slowly and it won’t be worth your time, that is if you really aren’t enjoying it. But that is rare for somebody to stay that long if they dont like it, from what I’ve heard (only been there 3 months, though I’ve gotten a promotion already:thumb:)
     
  13. Ken2012

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    If you're in uniform you have to follow customs and courtesies at all times. I.E. saluting flag outdoors. I'm not exactly sure how interviews in uniform would work as I personally wouldn't choose to (Unless I would have to for some reason).


    Haha, I thought I only said "you get out of it what you put into it." I guess I'm not the only one. :biggrin:
     
  14. futureAFA

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    Personally I would stick with a suit, or discuss uniforms with my chain of command and see what they think about it. But while in uniform I’d think you may get caught in a bad situation(I.e at the start of the interview after you salute, because the are respected congressmen, and going to attention and not being called at ease) just a few things might confuse me. But I’m sure if I did go in uniform that would have been figured out prior to it.

    And I am pretty sure EVERY new prospective hears that :yllol:Yet still true!
     
  15. Ken2012

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    There's a discussion going on in the Noms section on wearing uniforms or not. It has some valid points. Anyway the CAP Uniform manual is specific to what uniform could be worn when. In my opinion, I would just wear my uniform to CAP activities or activities I was told to be in uniform.

    Anyways PM me sometime, I've been stealing the thread. :smile:
     
  16. trebone55

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    Help

    can anyone help me because i want to go to West Point but i want to know everything to get in?
     
  17. freedomtruck

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    @trebone55
    I would like to redirect you to USMA's admissions site.
    http://admissions.usma.edu/apply.cfm

    Then:
    Read every single thread on this site's Military Academy forum. That will answer most, if not all of your questions.
     
  18. futureAFA

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    In that case you might want to bookmark this forum:thumb:
     
  19. mtnman17

    mtnman17 USMA Appointee 2015

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    Seconded. :thumb:
     
  20. landerfi

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    Sorry, but i could not find this on google: What is CAP?
     

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