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  1. Tyler

    Tyler Member

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    Hello, my name is Tyler.
    I have wanted to attend the Naval Academy since age six. Yes, six. Now that I have gotten more information, I am left with several questions, which I will outline below.

    How do you pronounce 'Plebe'?
    What preparations must I take to maximize my chances of receiving an appointment?
    What form of exercise, besides running, is recommended before Plebe Summer?
    How long is Plebe Summer?
    How many people attend at once?
    How long is a Plebe day?
    Who must I talk to and what is required for an application?
    Are there companies that will maintain my car off campus due to car restrictions?

    Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. engineer

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    Plebe is pronounced with a long e sound in the middle and a silent e on the end (something like plea with a b on the end). To maximize your chances of gaining an appointment, get top grades and great SAT/ACT scores, stay physically fit, participate in activities that you are passionate about and try to take on leadership roles, and be the kind of student that teachers/faculty are happy to write recommendation letters for :shake:

    All around good physical fitness is important for plebe summer. Along with running, you should develop good core/abdominal strength. This year, plebe summer lasted from June 30th to August 12th (parent's weekend) and then one more week until the brigade reformed. There were just over 1200 plebes in attendance + the upper class detailers, etc.

    A plebe day is very long......plebe summer days are longer and when the academic year starts it is something like 5:30 or 6:00 am to 11 pm.

    Check www.usna.com for application information. It's a long process from applying to obtaining a nomination from your congressman or senator to getting an offer of appointment.

    I don't know anything about cars since my plebe doesn't have one.

    Hope this helps get you started.
     
  3. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012

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    Over plebe summer, your day will be from 0530 through 2200 (unless it's Sunday, where you can sleep in until 0630). During the ac year, you can stay up until 2300 and will probably get up a couple times a week at 0530 for workouts. Otherwise, you're awake by 0630 at the very latest.

    I'm not sure what you mean by the car question. You have to leave your car at home, and can't operate it within the 30 mile radius unless on leave. Most people just have their parents/friends/whoever make sure it's maintained and used every once in a while.
     
  4. NavyHoops

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    There is tons and tons of information on these sites about what builds a solid applicant for the Naval Academy. Academics, extra curriculars, athletics are the major items. You can read hundreds of the posts and look back at the last few classes statistics to see grade wise and other items what has been accepted. Look for information sessions about the Academy in your area and the admissions page for USNA to learn more. The more educated you are about what it takes and the process, the better off you will be when the time comes to actually apply. As mentioned above, no cars for plebes. Leave it at home if possible, if not, sell it.
     
  5. wilson73

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    A slight modification to engineer's post -- www.usna.com is the website for the USNA alumni association. While informative, it does not have the depth of information regarding the application process that the USNA website has. For that, you need to go to www.usna.edu.
     
  6. Tyler

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    Thank you very much for your feedback. Hurricane12, thank you for informing me of the 30 mile radius rule. I knew fourth and third class were denied cars except on leave, but I did not know that even second class were not allowed to use their cars nearby (can imagine taxi fares get expensive). Anyway, thanks again, you have answered all of my questions, and I know I can come back with even more if need be. :thumb:
     
  7. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012

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    D'oh, my bad! I thought you just meant for plebe year.
    2/C are allowed cars within the radius, but not parked on the yard. Typically most mids park at the stadium (~20 min walk away) during the week and move their cars to the St. John's Parking Garage (5 min walk away) on the weekends.
     
  8. bb2405

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    Overseas Admission

    To Whom it May Concern,

    I am an Junior in high school currently living in America with a Green Card. My country of citizenship is Australia and my family moved to America in June of 2006. My family has applied for US citizenship but will not receive it till near 2014. My question is what method do I need to take in order to be eligible for attending the Air Force Academy?
     
  9. Tyler

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    bb2405 please do not post a completely unrelated question in an a) unrelated thread and b) in the wrong forum. Post in the Air Force Academy forum under a new thread.

    Okay, thanking you for elaborating. That comforts me...somewhat.
     
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  10. bb2405

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    sorry I just learnt how to post threads. my apologies.
     
  11. Tyler

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    Apology accepted. Thank you for apologizing.
     
  12. 1964BGO

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    bb2405 you will have to work through the Australian embassy to access any of the SA's. The good news for you is that the SA's do like to have foreign students aboard. You will have to access the Air Force website for application information.
     
  13. 1964BGO

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    Tyler:

    NAVY has been accepting about 1230 new midshipmen per year, but that may decline slightly due to budgetary constraints. You really should get super familiar with www.usna.edu/Admissions for application, etc. You will find CFA information there and that is a good guide for what should be the focus of your fitness program. Other than that plan to take a lot of high level math, science, and engineering courses, along with some similarly high level grammar and composition courses. Plan to take AP courses where available. Best wishes to you.
     
  14. Tyler

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    Academic-wise, I plan on taking at least 5 of the available 9 AP courses, outlined below.

    AP Calculus
    AP Statistics
    AP History
    AP Chemistry
    AP Physics

    As for engineering courses, I suppose I could take a CAD class senior year in lieu of my planned Military History and Weights class.

    But other than that, I plan on joining Boy Scouts, Varsity Track and Field, and a few other ECA's. Thank you 1964BGO!
     
  15. kinnem

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    JMPO but I would stick with the military history and weights class. I know my son got an immense amount of benefit from his weights class. Besides with the load your talking about some easier courses might help you out. Not sure they'll help with a scholarship but I think there will be personal benefit and satisfaction.
     
  16. kdc246

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    Curious as to why you would join Boy Scouts at such a late stage? Yes many valuable things can be learned, but what is the motivation? If it is just to have and extra EC, I would think twice. Most kids join Boy Scouts when they are 11 not 16, and I would say at least 50% of those were Cub Scouts. You might be able to make it to 1st Class Scout, but the time requirements and merit badges would keep you from getting much further in the Scouting which ends for the traditional program at age 18.
     
  17. Tyler

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    As it so happens, I was a Cub Scout once upon a time, and I was also a Boy Scout, however, due to me moving frequently, I could never rejoin.
     

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