Final week countdown?

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  1. Falcon74

    Falcon74 Member

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    Candidates,

    As i check my notes from last year, i note that 365 days ago there seemed to be above average intel that BFEs were being prepared (Tuesday) and mailed (Thursday). Last year it struck me that the final round of BFEs was mailed (timed?) so that they would arrive simultaneously around the country on Monday of the following week because of the lack of mail delivery on Sunday. It could have been a coincidence. The same intel suggested that the last group of TWEs was mailed on Friday after the BFEs. I will never know if the intel was accurate as common sense might have predicted the same scenario. BTW, that scenario seemed consistent with the arrival of my DS's envelope and traffic on this forum.

    If the same pattern were followed this year, my guess would be that, one way or another, candidates would see an envelope on Monday/Tuesday next week. Only time will tell. Good luck to all!
     
  2. mom3boys

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    I was told this was the week for the readmits, too...those who left for missions or were separated and are trying to get back in.
     
  3. BigNick

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    Some bad news:
    I just heard a talk from the Superintendent of West Point two days ago. He said the decision had been made to reduce the number of people in the Class of 2016 to about 1050 people. Originally, the goal was about 1150 people. The Class of 2015 was about 1250 people. This means that only a few people will get activated from the NWL. He said the class of 2016 was almost filled.
    However, several dozen people who have offers will turn them down. Several others will have their offers revoked because of bad last semester grades, getting into trouble with the police, have wrecks and get hurt etc., so a few dozen slots will open over the next few weeks.
     
  4. Dgood102293

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    This is sad news. Did the superintendent give any reasons as to why the class has been further reduced?
    Good luck to all those still waiting on their status.
     
  5. kdc246

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    I know it applies to USAFA and probably the other service academies. They have a Congressional mandate of only so many people that can be at a service academy at one time. In years past they have been above this mandate. Due to budget cuts they have been told to bring the numbers down to the mandate. At USAFA I think it is 4000 cadets. At USMA and USNA the mandate is 4400 I believe. Class of 2016 at USAFA is to be 1050 as well. We have heard this number for quite some time now. They are also seeing a much lower attrition rate from the academies in general so they have to let fewer in this year to keep the numbers lower. It is pretty bad at USAFA right now, the cadets are kind of walking on egg shells, there are no second chances for anything this year.
     
  6. Falcon74

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    Seems like a very rapid change in planning. Just 11 days ago, the Dean briefed the 1150 figure during the PPW briefing to parents.
     
  7. BigNick

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    Falcon,
    I was at WP 11 days ago and heard the Dean give a 1150 number. Two days ago the Sup said that a new decision had just been made to reduce to 1050 - things can change quickly
     
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    It's the same at West Point. We're authorized a strength of 4400, but currently sit at 4700. They may even be trying to get the Corps' numbers down below the authorized 4400 a bit.

    The result is that they will be less lenient for APFT failures, failing military grades, failing academics, and disciplinary infractions. The smaller incoming class sizes also mean that there will be 200-300 yuks next year who won't have a plebe.
     
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    Here is a link to LTG Huntoon's remarks at our Founder's Day Dinner last week in Oregon.

    In it, he discusses the caliber of the incoming class, and its size, as well as assurances that overall, West Point will get down to the authorized 4400 cadet class size.

    Current cadets know that their academic, physical, and military performance is being looked at everyday, and there is little tolerance for those failing to meet requirements.

    Video is here: http://vimeo.com/m2inor/foundersday
     
  10. hawk

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    The buzz was that there was a wave of separations a few weeks after return from winter break.


    They should look consider corps squad loading when making the yuk team leader assignments..... DS very much respected and appreciated his yuk fall semester. His spring semester team leader is a corps squadder who virtually never around due to practice & team travel. Nice guy, but very inaccessible.

    So DS largely leverages his roomie's yuk, along with some other mentor relationships with connections made via OCF, etc.
     

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