Getting nomination & appointment to USNA

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by attacklax17, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. attacklax17

    attacklax17 Prospective

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    Hey, I'm new to the forums and my bad if this topic has been posted. I made this account to get help on my road to an appointment at the Naval Academy. I've got the main idea down but what are inside tips or help that might give me any edge over other applicants? I would like a systems engineering or mechanical engineering degree.
    Just some info on me:
    Grade: Freshman - high school
    GPA: 3.8
    science club; secretary
    Sports: Varsity Lax, Winter Lacrosse (captain), Varsity Cross country runner
    Community Service: So far i only have about 6 hours but I try to tutor and mentor younger kids and help at any local businesses I can.
    Record: I've never use(d) drugs, alcohol, or had any police charges.
    ^ As far as that, a lot of guys I've know since 1st, 2nd grade and are amazing athletes have slipped into drinking and most of them all use drugs. I have no intention of doing that because I want to go somewhere with my life, but they've offered it to me before, i refuse, and then they act like im a d***. Whats up with that?

    Thanks for the help. I have thought about the other academies but I've gone to camps at USNA and it has felt like a home to me. The professionalism balanced with humor and the friendships there make it seem that much better. Sorry if this is long or off topic.

    Greatly Appreciate the help, Jake :rolleyes:
     
  2. marvin7794

    marvin7794 Member

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    Stay involved, do well in school and fill out an application in a few years. If you can get in with someone who has a nice title (Senator, Congressman, Admiral, etc) who can sign your recommendation letter, do it. You don't need to go to the academy to be a group 1 major. Keep your options open. You might change your mind in the next 2 years.
     
  3. attacklax17

    attacklax17 Prospective

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    Alright, thanks. Anything else you've heard of or know? I know it probably has any affect but if I've had an immediate family member go to USNA will that make any difference? If me and another applicant are dead equal, would that make the difference?
     
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    If by immediate you mean your mom or dad, then yes. It is cool to look for angles, but really just apply and roll the dice.
     
  5. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    For USNA, it is a VERY small plus to have a parent who is an alum. You get the same "bump" if a parent was in the military period (not a grad). It's also the same as attending NASS and doing well. The reason is that USNA believes that, if you have a military person in your family or attended NASS, you have a better idea of what the military/USNA is like and thus are more likely to stay (not quit). That said, you can get the same bump for being a team captain, Eagle Scout, getting very high SATs, being student body president, etc.

    Thus, if your parent was a grad, great. If your parent was in the military but not a grad, great. If you have zero connection to USNA or the military, great. Either way, it's not a determining factor in your application -- a factor, but not a determining one.
     

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