Confused about Process and Timing

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  1. BBallMom

    BBallMom Member

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    My son is an official recruited athlete, with high academics (top 25% of USMA applicants), a nomination (competitive), and has passed his medical. The only thing remaining is he is retaking his CFA on Monday. The first time he wasn't thrilled with his scores (esp. pullups - he is 220 lbs and very top heavy) and has been working out heavily for six weeks so that he can do better.
    Two of his friends have gotten appointments already (both to USNA) but the USMA coach is saying we won't know about appointment until February - but that DS will receive an "offer" and that it is a done-deal.

    My husband and I are pretty clueless on this process. What does this all mean? How certain is it that he would receive an appointment?

    DS has applied to a couple of other schools, but now I am wondering if he needs to apply to more, apply for scholarships and ROTC, etc.

    Thanks to all of you for your contributions here as well as to our country.
     
  2. Daaltaraan

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    I would definitely apply for ROTC. Having a back-up plan is huge. You never know when an injury or accident can occur which could keep him out of West Point. Your DS needs to keep in mind that the end goal of West Point is a commission as a 2LT. If he is committed to that, then he needs to have ROTC as a back-up just in case.
     
  3. BBallMom

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    Daaltaraan - yes we figured as much but wondering if it is too late given it appears ROTC aps openned Feb 2012.

    How many to apply to/for in part depends on the probabilities at this point for WP.
     
  4. dunninla

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    Not at all. Army ROTC has completed only one Scholarship Board out of three scheduled. Last year, the deadline for the last, March Board was 10 Jan. My DD completed her App on 9 Jan. The PMS Interview was approx. 25 Jan. PFT was sent in approx. 28 Jan. She received ROTC scholarship offers to three schools (two private w. 3 yr. AD, one Public w 4 yr.) out of the 3rd (March) Board. I would assume the deadline for the January Board is approx. last week of Nov., but haven't checked. Her stats were appropriate to apply to schools ranked in USNews from about 20 to about 75... very strong but not top 20 strong. They're probably not any better than your son's academic stats. She applied to more than 15 schools, not being able to narrow down her schools between different schools offering NROTC, AROTC, and no ROTC. She got into all schools but one. After visiting almost all of them in person, she picked one of the AROTC privates. Loves it there.

    If the coach said that it's a done deal, then it's a done deal. However, you might mention that you would appreciate the assurance of an LOA. What do they do with other recruited athletes? I find it hard to believe that every other school that recruits athletes gets them official letters of Admission by December of Sr. year, whereas USMA waits until mid February? Doesn't make sense.

    Does USMA issue LOAs to all recruited athletes that are 3Q?
     
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  5. efirestone14

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    The application deadline for the January Army ROTC board is December 26. In addition to the online application, your son will have to send in transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, a physical fitness test, and an interview with a PMS. He will be able to meet that deadline if he starts working on the application now. Good luck to your son!
     
  6. BBallMom

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    Thanks so much for your replies. I am still confused as to his prospects at WP, but will urge him to apply to ROTC.
     

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