Letters of Recommendation

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  1. Sailaway

    Sailaway New Member

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    I am a new subscriber and this is my first post.

    I am beginning the application process (I am a junior). I submitted my NASS application back in February but have yet to hear anything. Nonetheless I would like to start organizing things if I am deemed qualified and receive a candidate letter. I know that for a congressional nomination I will need three letters of recommendation. I have already decided who to ask for those. But for the USNA application, how many will I need? Will they ask for certain one, IE. a math teacher, science teacher, etc...? I would like to start lining these up now because the teachers get very busy with other students asking for recommendations in September.

    Any input /advise is appreciated. Thank you.
     
  2. BlueBellmom

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    Teacher recommendations

    2013 candidates were required to have Math teacher and English teacher.
     
  3. Sailaway

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    Thank you :smile:
     
  4. Jacksmom

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    USNA Teacher Recommendations

    You will be asked to provide names and email addresses of your recommendations for the Academy. The recommendations are provided online and there are a lot of questions that will be asked on a standard form.

    So, when you are lining up your references, make sure you have a valid email address (one they check often, etc.) for the Academy to use to contact them.

    If I remember correctly, it is the same for Navy ROTC--if you are also planning to apply to them as a backup.

    GOOD LUCK!!
     
  5. kamajama

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    It is good that you are starting early. I will offer my unsolicited advice for your perusal. Get everything done before your junior year is out. The teachers are at school, the registrar can take care of their end and the counselors are available to help you gather necessary paperwork. Once they break for summer, you will be in the same place as all the other applicants. Get it done early, it will pay off and you can rest your mind until the MOc applications are due.
     
  6. 2012mom?

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    kamajama is right. The later you wait, the longer it may take for teachers to write up recommendations. Because most students wait until fall, teachers are often hit with many recommendations all at the same time. If you want them to do a good job, give them your "resume" and enough time!

    2012 was also asked for the names and email addresses of the 11th grade math and English teachers for USNA recommendations. It has been mentioned in other threads, but make sure that the email addresses you give will not treat email from USNA as "spam." Once you submit the online form with the teacher names and email addresses, they should be contacted by USNA within minutes by email. If the teachers haven't seen anything from USNA by the next day, there is probably a problem.
     
  7. Academy_Questions

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    will we be able to start working on this paper work mid-May, once we are official "candidates"?

    because i want to complete everything ASAP!
     
  8. Academy_Questions

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    also, does anyone know if you can use a history teacher instead of english teacher reccomendation? that would be the far better reccomender and my history teacher knows me much better (as she's also one of my track coaches, and i'm co-captain of the track team).

    if you HAVE to use and english teacher is one from Freshman yr ok? (who will also be my teacher snr year, but will hopefully be writing the rec before school starts). this teacher again knows me FAR better than my other english teachers who would not write "glowing reccomendations". Both of these English teachers (who i do not want to reccomend me) have condemned me for my opinions in class, and have little to no respect for the military. (believing war and the military are entirely immoral)

    ANY HELP HERE?
     
  9. Jacksmom

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    It has to be an English Teacher and a Math Teacher--at least that was the requirement for the class of 2013 and the evaluators were asked to provide their job title.

    The teacher will be asked to rate you in several areas and provide a comment--again, all online.

    I don't think it matters if it was your 9th grade teacher or not. You would want to select someone who knows you well enough to provide an accurate assessment, and of course, who will provide a positive recommendation. :smile:
     
  10. Jacksmom

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    Oh--I forgot to add, perhaps your History teacher could provide a written recommendation for your nomination packets.
     
  11. Academy_Questions

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    thanks for the info!
    i'll talk to my college counselors as well

    its just tough when 2 of my english teachers have put down the military. one of them (in speaking of a school alum) said that she was embarrassed that this student was at an SA and that the student is misguided and is wasting her life.

    not exactly a good rec to an SA
     
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  12. bmorris244

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    oooch.
    good luck with that, i'd just like to echo what the last poster said -- if you can, use your history teacher's rec with your nominating sources; im sure if your teachers are so anti-military as to give you a poor letter of recommendation, it will come out in their letters.
    good luck!
     
  13. lil3laiin3laiin

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    as for english teachers do they have to be from hs or can they be from any grade level?

    None of my hs english teachers would write me an outstanding recommendation cuz they don't know me well however my 8th grade english teacher knows me far better ...
     

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