Honest About Top Academy?

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  1. dancing_falcon

    dancing_falcon Member

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    I have an interview with my Field Force Officer next week (I know it is late in the game, but I started the application in August), and I am stuck on how to answer a question I have a feeling I will be asked. I am applying to another SA as well, and that is my top choice. I know that I will be asked which SA I will chose given the opportunity. Should I say USMA because that is what I am interviewing for? Or should I be honest and say that I will chose the other SA because that is my top choice? I do not want to harm my chances at either SA, but I already interviewed for my "top" before I applied to USMA so this problem did not come up earlier.

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  2. NavyHoops

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    He might not ask. He will ask why USMA? Why the Army? If another SA is your top pick fine, I think honesty is always best, but with all things it's how you phrase and position your answer. An answer saying, 'I am thoroughly researching SA 1 and SA 2 very closely. I am focusing on the career options they both offer and have spoken to alumni, BGOs, etc on what the Army/service 2 life is like. I would be honored to receive an appointment to either institution and serve in our armed forces.' That is sort of generic, but something to think about. Your opinion might change also during this process. Don't apply if it's not a service you want to serve in.
     
  3. civic29

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    They aren't throwing curve balls at you in the interview. It's going to be questions like "what branch do you want to go into (Job not military branch) if you go to WP" nothing like what academy you want
     
  4. brovol

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    My son was asked that in his interviews, as he applied to USMA, USNA, and USAFA. He answered honestly, and you should too. I can tell you, it won't hurt you. They know that all of the accademies are excellent, and with my son, he recieved a positive response. West Point was his first choice, but he shared that with USNA and USAFA. The accademies know they are competing (for lack of a better term) for many of the same kids. The fact that you may prefer one over the other is perfectly understood. Moreover, the FFR does not make the decision regardless. And besides, honesty always the best policy.
     
  5. USMAROTCFamily

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    I agree with NavyHoops, too. It's very common for applicants to apply for multiple academies. Our DS went into the process thinking that USNA was his top choice, but changed his mind after receiving appointments to both USNA and USMA.
     
  6. dancing_falcon

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    These responses help a lot. Thank you!
     
  7. tug_boat

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    The FFR interview is about knowing you. They want to know your desires. Oddly, many parents will push their children into a SA. Be open and honest. Later down the road when you interview for a nomination, the other slots may not be available and WP is open. Is not uncommon for students to have multiple desires to the SA. The FFR will get a chance to see how your file is doing and may give you advice on your other choice.

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