Maintain Academics

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by cacandidate2015, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. cacandidate2015

    cacandidate2015 Member

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    For those that are wondering, what will it take academically for an academy to pull an offer of appointment?
     
  2. pilot2b

    pilot2b Candidate Appointee

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    This may or may not be true for USNA, but when my USAFA counselor first told me about my appointment, she mentioned that I'm good so long as I don't drop a class or dip below a C. Do one of those however, and I could probably kiss the appointment goodbye.
     
  3. vamom

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    Our MOC's Prin Nom had his offer pulled by the USAFA due to a D. I don't know anything else regarding the specifics....perhaps his other grades were all C's instead of all A's, which may have made a difference?
     
  4. 2015usnamarine

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    You have to mess up pretty bad. But if you have an offer to a military academy, it's not worth pushing the limit. Just do your best. They don't want to see you slacking, but a C isn't going to kill you.
     
  5. Memphis9489

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    It's pretty hard to lose an appointment, even if you DO drop a class or get a grade below a "C".

    The way candidates lose their appointments are mostly 1) getting injured or 2) getting into BIG trouble, either legal or with the school. Very seldom does it have anything to do with academics.

    Heck, some candidates have their last high school class just a few weeks before I-Day. I'm not even sure the academy monitors it that closely. Mostly, they just want to make sure you actually GRADUATED.

    You're not walking quite as thin a line as you've characterized.
     
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    I thought a Principal Nom meant you're in regardless as long as you meet the minimum qualifications for entry? Even if the minimum is not academically competitive. Is that right?:confused:
     
  7. 1964BGO

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    Wrong! It means that the Prin Nom will be the first candidate considered for an appt on that slate of candidates... the candidate still has to meet the standards of the board.
     
  8. vamom

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    So true...it happened last year in our state!
     
  9. pilot2b

    pilot2b Candidate Appointee

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    Does anyone know if the standard is the same for NAPS as far as maintaining grades? I'm definitely struggling with Calculus right now. I've hired a private tutor, spend at least 1 day a week after school with my teacher, am using my dad (who's a math major), and spending MANY hours on it, but it still has me worried...:frown:
     
  10. nuensis

    nuensis USNA 2016

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    If you have a NAPS appointment, I think the Academy would understand that you need some help with academics; after all, that's what NAPS is for.

    I wouldn't worry about it. Work as hard as possible (and it looks like you are). Things may not end as badly as you predict.
     
  11. Memphis9489

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    True, but even if the principal nominee is even marginally qualified (i.e. lower than the other nominees) - being 3q'd is sufficient for an appointment by virtue of being the principal nominee. So, it certainly does present an ENORMOUS advantage.

    In the rarest of cases does the principal nominee not receive an appointment due to being unqualified. I'm sure it happens now and then, but it's about as common as an LOA recipient not getting an appointment.

    My guess is that the principal nominees who do not get appointments are mostly due to the nominee not completing his/her application to the Naval Academy because 1) they lost interest, or 2) they made up their mind to attend another institution.
     
  12. vamom

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    Perhaps I should add some additional information: As I stated earlier, the PrinNom selected by our MOC last year for the USAFA was a college freshman who participated in ROTC his freshman year. This MOC nominates before December, before 1st semester grades are out. When 1st semester grades came out and USAFA received them, his appointment was revoked and the appointment then went to the next ranked on our MOC's list. I can not answer how rare this is or not........I was simply providing information which seemed relevant to the OP's question.
     
  13. Memphis9489

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    I can totally understand how FIRST semester shortcomings may derail an appointment. But the same shortcomings in the SECOND semester will probably not derail an appointment unless, as I said before, it involves severe school discipline or legal problems. Of course, the appointee has to graduate from high school.
     

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