Lost Opportunity?

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  1. LAP

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    If a kid has good academics, good leadership and extracurriculars but has one serious blemish on their record do they still have a chance of getting into any of the acadamies? The blemish was a result of drinking alcohol at a JROTC drill meet. The punishment was 5 day suspension from school, loss of JROTC rank and company commander position, removal from JROTC rifle team. This was an isolated incident but obviosly showed very poor judgement. Does the kid still have a chance or did he throw it away? He is a high school junior.
     
  2. Just_A_Mom

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    Honestly it's case by case. Did the blemish involve the law? Was he arrested, cited or required to appear in court?
     
  3. LAP

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    The law was not involved. It was handled entirely by the school.
     
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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Going forward, please don't post the same message/question in multiple forums. Thank you.
     
  5. Just_A_Mom

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    Well, he is lucky and this is lucky for him.
    Find out from the school if and how it will be included on his transcript. This is good to know just so you know - not so you can pretend it didn't happen.
    I suggest that he write a letter to admissions explaining what happened, how it happened and what he learned from the experience.
    Admissions will take it from there and they may choose to ask him about it.

    It also may come up when applying for a Congressional Nomination. Again he should be prepared to explain in detail what, how and why.
    It is possible to turn a negative into a positive. Hopefully, he learned his lesson and rises above this. Perhaps he can find a way to make amends - such as volunteering for MADD or joining or starting a SADD club, or other drug/alcohol free club at his school.
     

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