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  1. Jarhead1775

    Jarhead1775 Member

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    Hey everybody,
    My name is Eli Forbes, from the Northeast Ohio area, and the only thing I want to do in life is to become an officer in the United States Marine Corps. I'm a Junior in high school and I play varsity football as an offensive tackle, I'm a baritone/bass in the A Capella choir, am involved in a number of extra-curricular activities and clubs and earn a 3.3 GPA.

    I am aware that earning an appointment to the Naval Academy is pretty much out of reach for me, as I just don't have the grades. However, I am very interested in attending a Senior Military College. As mentioned, I do have about a 3.34 GPA and did score a 161 composite on my PSAT and I'm in the top quarter (23rd percentile) of my class.

    Like I said, I am a varsity letterman on the football field and plan to start Track and Field as a thrower this spring.

    I have contacted my local OSO, who quickly transferred me to an enlisted recruiter who after getting down my basic information, told me he couldn't interview me until the Spring semester.

    I have a million questions burning inside that I would love to have answered by you lovely people on the forums including what my chances are for certain schools, PLC, OCS, NROTC, etc.

    Thank you so much in advance everyone!
    -Eli
     
  2. Pima

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    Welcome to the forum.

    You can find the answers to your questions on the ROTC threads. I would nlot worry about your PSAT because that is not a factor, but I would spend the next few months studying for both the SAT and ACT.

    Good luck, and again welcome to the forum
     
  3. John41057

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    Academy

    Hi
    I agree that you need to get your GPA up by a few points. My DS had a 3.2 high school GPA and will be entering the class of 2017 at the USAFA. During his Junior year he enrolled at American Public University on line classes. This is a great program and most of the classes are eight weeks long. Also they are geared to mostly military active duty students. My son was able to complete 15 units with them for a 3.95 college GPA. I will admit that my DS was also a recruited athlete which also helped a lot. But my point is that it is not to late for you to improve your GPA if you are willing to put in the effort.
    Regards
    John
     
  4. Lynpar

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    As a heads up to somebody beginning this process. Have all your medical records in order. A few get the their dream pick or appointment only to be derailed by a medical denial. Take a serious look at you medical past and make sure you have follow up documentation for any injuries that may require additional information. I am speaking of any injuries involving treatment such as knee, possible concussion, surgeries. Also any previous diagnoses weather they are relavent today or not. ADD or ADHD is a common one from the nineties that that may send up a flag but many get waviored if no treatment has been needed in recent years. Some things may require physical statements to that effect. Much information can be gained from reading the DODMERB portion of this forum. This has some up a couple times this past week so just be aware and prepared and it can be a non- issue. Good luck.
    It is recommended you also come up with a user name here to protect your privacy as this is a public Internet forum.
    Good luck and get yourself prepared and will all go smoothly.:thumb:
     
  5. Boozebin

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    I'm rather surprised that nobody yet has given the OP the best advice we could give him on his post.

    APPLY ANYWAY TO THE USNA!!!! No one on here and I have would have to guess that anyone you talked to so far can say you don't have a chance to get in. There is only one group of people that can and that's admissions at the USNA but they can't say no until you apply! And all of us on here can say that there's a 100% chance you wont get in if you don't apply.

    I'll be honest... are you part of the no-brainer category as some of the poster on here? No you're not... but if you work hard and show improvement in your grades and score high on the ACT and/or the SAT then all I can say is that it'll help your chance.

    Apply to the USNA and make sure you have your back up plans the worse they can say is no. Does that suck being told no? Of course it does but do you know what sucks more? Is not taking the chance and always wondering if you had a shot.

    Don't let anyone tell you that you don't have a shot.
     
  6. Spud

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    I agree with Boozebin. Get hot, Marine, show us what you would do as a Marine Officer to catch up.
     
  7. Melitzank

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    Definitely apply to USNA too!!! You never know, you may be surprised. Have you heard of NAPS or the Foundation program? You seem like you could have a shot for this too since your GPA might not be quite high enough. Who know, you could end up a direct-appointee. One thing I've learned already about the whole service academy process: Never assume! You have 0 chance unless you apply.

    *But definitely have a plan B, C, and even D in case it doesn't work out.
     
  8. USMCGrunt

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    Jarhead1775: Recommend you switch over to the ROTC forum to post your questions.

    I recommend you seek out leadership positions in your extracurriculars and sports.

    Also recommend you work hard on physical conditioning. Part of the application process includes a physical fitness test involving a 3-mile run, crunches and pull ups.

    Good luck!
     
  9. Jarhead1775

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    Wow! Thank you all very much for the replies! They're all very helpful and I think I will definitely look at the prep school and apply to USNA. I have some backup plans for sure but why not give the Academy my best shot?
     
  10. another13mom

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    Also, for what it's worth, you may want to select a new screen name for the rest of your application journey - most people don't use their real name on public forums where they may post information.... since your real name is in the first post on this thread, you may just want to start over - or send a PM to the site moderator and ask for the first post on this thread to be deleted?
     
  11. soccerchic

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    Jarhead With hard work comes great opportunities! Don't give up!
     

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