My Chances

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by ColeUSMA, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. ColeUSMA

    ColeUSMA New Member

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    I am probably going to have to get 2 waivers. (skin(eczima)eyesight/eye(25/20 vision surgery when i was 3) If I do my community service,get stellar grades,play sorts and hopefully get varsity, and play a leadership role in a club do I still have a good chance of getting in?
     
  2. Dixieland

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    ColeUSMA, post your question in the DODMERB section of the forum and you can get some answers to your medical questions.
     
  3. AKH

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    Larry Mullen's contact info is all over the DoDMERB part of this forum. He is probably the only one here who can answer your questions 100% accurately, but when I was also concerned about my eyesight I found that any sort of corrective eye surgery is normally a DQ.
     
  4. USMACandidate

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    well i have learned from people on this site that it depends on where you live. Sure you can get all the things that USMA requires of a candidate to have(leadership roles, good grades-not to mention hard classes, and varisty letters), but what if there is a bunch of other people in your area that have those and want to attend west point as well? See, it makes it way more competitive? But if u live in an area where military isnt an important factor of everyones lives, then yea sure u can make it. I live in colorado springs so there is a TON of competition, because the air force academy is there and everyone wants a nomination from congress or senators.
     
  5. jake s

    jake s USMA Cadet

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    Yes and no-- while geographic location can play into nomination competitiveness, a candidate still has to be scholastically, physically, and medically qualified by the USMA admissions board. Local military bases certainly make nominations more competitive, but so do many other factors like population density, to what degree a certain district is gerrymandered, etc. It has been said on this board that if one is applying to West Point, living in Annapolis or Colorado Springs helps compared to living in Highland Falls in the nomination department. If you live in, say, Northern Virginia, then you are going to have tougher competition for a nomination than someone who lives in Montana or Wyoming. I'm not disrespecting those who earned nominations from MOC's in Montana or Wyoming, I'm just laying down the facts.

    Nominations don't just come from MOC's. There are service-connected Presidential nominations, Superintendent noms, VP noms, JROTC noms, etc. So while your location can make MOC nominations more competitive, it is not the end of the world by any stretch of the imagination.
     
  6. scoutpilot

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    I've said it elsewhere and I'll say it again here:

    1. Look at the 7000 other threads like this. Plenty of info there.

    2. Ask specific questions. "Do I have a chance?" is not a specific question.

    3. Be careful about listening to advice on admissions from other candidates. That's like asking a poor man how to get rich. They don't know any better than you do about what it takes.
     

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