How important is AIM?

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  1. txpotato

    txpotato Member

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    My son is currently a junior and very interested in the CGA. He's also a competitive swimmer and as such, the month of July is crucial in his long course training. It leads up to the regional championships (held July 21-24) and Zones the week after, culminating with Nationals or Junior Nationals the first part of August. If he attends the CGA, it would be as a swimmer. Thoughts?
     
  2. chris.nugent13

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    AIM is a huge help in the decision process. For myself, it made me want to go the the CGA even more, but others hated AIM and knew afterwards that the CGA is not for them. They do not sugar coat the AIM program, I have never experienced anything like it before and it was a huge wake up call for me. Even if your DS decided the CGA is not for him after the AIM program, it is definitely a great experience no matter what.
     
  3. alaska66

    alaska66 CGA Admissions Partner

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    If you are looking for statistics, I think the class of 2016 was 33% AIMsters. This year, Objee posted 15 LOAs were given out to those that attended AIM. As for experience, my DD attended 4 summer seminars this past summer (USMA, USNA, USAFA, and USCGA) and said AIM was the hardest. Unlike the other Academies which had one or two days of "Beast" with a few days of classes or activities, AIM is a week of Swab Summer. DD loved her experience and was able to make friends with others who had a desire to attend USCGA. AIMsters are also reviewed by their cadre and those reviews go into their admission files, so it's a chance to make an impression. The week of AIM allowed DD to gain contacts with current cadets she could ask questions of, and also future cadets she could be friends with. It was a great experience for her, especially now that she has received a full appointment for the class of 2017!:smile:

    If you really want a nuts and bolts answer, you should PM Objee or Luigi. They are the ones that know.
     
  4. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    Your summation was excellent, not much to add!

    If he attends USCGA, it would be as a swab/cadet first, then a swimmer.:wink:

    PS - Not attending AIM will not have an adverse affect on his admissions chances.
     
  5. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Definitely. I've seen my fair share of people put athletics over academics and get disenrolled as a result. Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.
     

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