I have no military background

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by USNAChrisKim, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. USNAChrisKim

    USNAChrisKim Member

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    In my case, I have no eagle scout or military background. But here's what I have.


    Varsity Indoor Track Captain
    Varsity Outdoor Track Captain
    FCA Leader
    Church Youth Council
    Church grade president
    GMCYO (prive orchestra, we go to third world countries on relief efforts and performances for hte unfortunate) 1st violin, leader
    Key Club Co-chair
    School Orchestra 1st violin, 2nd principal blabla i should be concert master ...
    TaeKwonDo 1st degree class leader
    rec team soccer captain (when I was little kid)
    and middle school concermaster

    umm I probably forgetting something.. but yes, Those are my leadership positions, and although I've never done jrotc or whanot, I've had my share of learning how to become a leader.

    "To lead, you must first serve"
     
  2. aznarkarus

    aznarkarus Member

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    I see no point in this thread. If you are looking for an approval from someone who will look at your resume and say that your current leadership positions are substantial for your lack of military experience, then I doubt you will get many responses.
     
  3. aznarkarus

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    PS: I apologize if I came off a bit harsh; I just truly resent reading all those threads about whether the OP is good enough or not (especially those chance me threads). I know you are trying to be modest but arrogance is not too far off.

    Anyway, back to your post. IMO, nobody has any military background unless they're transfering directly from the fleet. I wouldn't consider CAP or JROTC either--it's simply a preparation for that experience.
     
  4. USNAChrisKim

    USNAChrisKim Member

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    hahaha no it's fine I totally forgot to ask the question


    Does the naval academy value like eagle scouts and stuff over other only normal leadership positions?
     
  5. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    Eagle scout is equal to varsity team captain.

    Both are examples of demonstrated leadership.
     
  6. NativeTexan

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    Why not try looking at the USNA profile on the USNA admissions site rather than posting all this Do I have a chance. I am sure you can figure out what USNA is looking for.

    You keep posting you stats in many different threads.... maybe enough is enough

    http://www.usna.edu/Catalog/Dialup/2007-2008introduction.pdf
    page 12

     
  7. Zaphod

    Zaphod Founding Member

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    You are hardly alone in not having any military experience when applying. Don't sweat it.
     
  8. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    USNA doesn't expect candidates to have prior military "experience."

    In terms of leadership, it's not just having the position, it's what you do with it. I typically ask my candidates to tell me what they've done as team captain, club president, etc. If an Eagle Scout, I ask about their project. Anyone can be in a position of leadership -- the question is whether or not they have done anything TO LEAD.

    Examples of things that require leadership -- organizing fundraisers, setting up a new communithy outreach program, increasing membership, developing training schedules, and on and on. In fact, you can be just a "member" of a club and still be a leader. You can be active in only one activity and be a major leader.

    Those of you not yet seniors, think about things you can do, not just positions you can hold. Consider how you can make an organization larger, better, more effective, etc. That's how you lead.
     
  9. kaullman

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    They are Looking for Leadership

    I agree with Zaphod and USNA1985 whole heartedly. It is what you do with the leadership that counts.

    I disagree with Luigi in that Eagle Scout shows unique perseverance, especially in that there is less and less peer support as one gets older. It shows different things than being a varsity team captain. The admissions board is looking for someone who is in for the four-year marathon that is the SA.

    CDR, USN (ret), BGO, Dad of USNA 2007
     

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