Finding my local BGO

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  1. navy2016

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    I need help finding by BGO because my school's guidance department does not seem to have a clue who this person would be.

    I live in SC District 6 (if a BGO on this forum knows someone who lives in that area).
     
  2. sbbond93

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    E-mail your regional director or the candidate guidence office.
     
  3. Capt MJ

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    If you are an official candidate, it is listed on your CIS.
     
  5. falconchic88

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    I may be incorrect, I don't claim to know everything about everything, but since his screen name is navy2016, I doubt he's an official candidate or has access to CIS yet. :wink:
     
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  6. navy2016

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    yes I am just looking for a BGO or an admission rep in my area to get more information about USNA.
     
  7. 1964BGO

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    Go to the usna.edu site location cited above and find the Area Coordinator for your section of South Carolina - if there is more than one AC in the state check for the AC serving your zip code. Your AC will be able to identify the BGO assigned to your high school.
     
  8. Mongo

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    STEM seems to have become almost as popular as NASS. I think kids see it as a chance to experience the Academy without having to experience all the physical challenges of NASS which, to them, are an unknown. STEM applications are via CIS in their sophmore year. falconchic, are you saying that these candidates are not informed of their local BGO? The number of phone calls I have received from juniors who coincidentially have, in the past, applied to STEM is substantial. But since I do not have access to candidates actual CIS, I was actually just assuming.
     
  9. navy2016

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    That does seem correct with my case. I have been interested in USNA for years, saw STEM as an opportunity to visit, applied, and was luckily accepted (attended session 3). I found out about STEM from this forum. I would say at least 70 percent of the people I was with that week were also interested in the academy itself. It was a vacation/college campus visit.

    Selection for STEM was supposedly at 10 percent of all applicants (That was what we were told, and selection was also based on where an applicant lived).
     
  10. falconchic88

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    nope, not saying that at all, simply stating Navy2016 wasn't an official candidate, don't put words in my mouth. And even NASS attendees aren't given access to CIS until they are made an official candidate, again not saying they aren't informed of their BGO.
     
  11. 1964BGO

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    STEM is available to young people ENTERING the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. The sessions are 8th and 9th grades, 10th grade, and 11th grades on separate weeks. The information for the STEM program is available at the Admissions site: www.usna.edu/Admissions. It quickly has become a very popular program.
     
  12. Mongo

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    Okay, I will be less subtle and more direct.

    Admissions does a fantastic job. They work hard. They provide the best candidate. They answer all the candidate's questions. If there was a single pet peeve that they might have, it would probably be unnecessary phone calls. One of the prime culprits is "Who is my BGO" when it is listed in CIS. I have actually heard an Admissions rep, tongue in cheek, use exactly this scenario as "proof" that candiates cannot read. I will vouch for it because immediately above the BGO's name in CIS is the statement that it is the candidate's responsibility to contact the below listed individual for an interview. I wait as long in the cycle as possible and still, only about 10% of candidates contact me. Admissions says that we should use this as an indicator of initiative and desire. I am not the only one who cannot do this because it would eliminate the vast majority of candidates.

    So, to rephrase. Make darned sure that CGO has not given you the BGO's name prior to calling them. For those yet to be assigned a BGO, Admissions lists AC's and their method of contact in the catalog. Captain MJ is correct. Use the proper procedures.
     
  13. KMC

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    HS Guidance

    My concern for you is this, lack of knowledge/support from your high school guidance office. Yes, you certainly can and should find out your BGO and contact them directly and as soon as possible. But once you find them, I would encourage your high school guidance counselor to connect with them as well. The academy admissions process can be overwhelming. Your BGO will help you, but they ask a lot of your guidance department and teachers, especially if you are applying to NASS or more than one SA. My daughter's guidance counselor didn't even know what a BGO was and has complained about the Naval Academy's "unreasonable" timelines. After several attempts to explain the process by my daughter, my husband and me, it was not until the counselor finally contacted the BGO that she finally got on board and realized the importance. Sorry, I guess I'm just venting, but my advice is to educate your guidance department as soon as possible and let them know what you're going to be needing in the near future. You need their support. :smile:
     

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