NAPS Question

Discussion in 'Service Academy Preparatory Schools' started by lukepeoples, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. lukepeoples

    lukepeoples Member

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    So I have been losing sleep over my candidate file ever since I finished everything up in early December. I was told that I needed to go to the Character Review Committee for an arrest seven years ago, and I believe it should not be a problem (according to ETCS Maxwell, Enlisted Admissions Counselor) Just to clear some stuff up, can someone look over my credentials and let me know how I stack up for NAPS or potential direct appointment? (I am personally leaning towards a NAPS or denial at this point)

    7th Grade: Normal classes, Algebra 1


    8th Grade: Normal classes, Geometry, arrested for possession of marijuana, charges dropped


    High school: Normal classes, Biology, Chemistry, AFJROTC (2 Years), chose stats over precal (bad choice), Left with 3.2GPA Weighted


    College: Intermediate Algebra, speech, Microecon, Gov, business computing, 2.6GPA


    Two years active duty Navy:
    Qualified for Nuke, clearance denied,
    went corpsman,
    meritorious promotion in bootcamp to E3,
    top 10% from HM A school,
    Valedictorian from Surgical Technology C School (also nationally certified with 140/160 score),
    Distinction from field medical training battalion (combat medic school)
    Surgical tech of the month (aug 2012)
    Heavy community involvement
    excellent and outstanding PFA scores (last one was 88.2)
    96th percentile on two concurrent advancement exams


    Package:
    Recommendations:
    Nurse Corps LCDR (Division Officer, Main OR)
    Medical Corps CAPT (Department Head, Orthopaedic Surgery)
    HMCM (Command Master Chief)
    Medical Corps CAPT (Commanding officer, Strongly reccomended)
    Line O, CDR (ret.) (Personal Mentor)
    Letter of Commendation (misc. from CO)

    SAT: 600 Maths, 640 English

    CFA:
    BB: 72ft
    Shuttle: 8.2s
    PullU: 13
    SitU: Max
    PushU: 50
    Run: 6:30

    Nomination: SECNAV

    DODMERB: Qualified


    So I have a few good strengths and a few weaknesses (mainly my choice of classes and GPAs, along with the arrest) but I am hoping to get into NAPS if anything, what is your view of this?
     
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  2. pilot2b

    pilot2b Candidate Appointee

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    No one can really say. The fact that you went enlisted adds a component that is really hard to anyone not on the board to tell you as well. Most guys who do go to the Academy after being enlisted do go to NAPS first though. The grades in middle school really shouldn't matter btw.
     
  3. lukepeoples

    lukepeoples Member

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    I was trying to indicate that I was taking maths two years ahead, and probably should have mentioned that I was an early grad. I know the enlisted stuff is a grey area, I just hope my standings in my schools and my performance weighs a lot more than just "bravo zulu"
     
  4. dag0at16

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    have you received a response from the academy yet?
     
  5. lukepeoples

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    Yes, I got into NAPS.
     
  6. joelbradford525

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    Congrats, I am working on my package as we speak as an enlisted sailor myself.
     
  7. dag0at16

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    NAPS Year

    Good job then. NAPS an interesting experience for the enlisted sailor, but if you stay focused you'll enjoy it. NAPS and the Naval Academy are NOT the fleet. It is not like any of the other officer accession programs at all. NAPS is a prep school and therefore, your classmates will be straight from high school with pretty much no military experience at all. They will be just like you were when you were in high school...undisciplined. But it is not your job to discipline them. Your SEL's (Senior Enlisted Leaders) will do that (some of my fellow priors learned that the hard way, one in particular graduated from NAPS, but did not receive an appointment to the academy because he/she missed that memo). You will be put in leadership positions because you're a prior, but I urge you to use your position's of authority wisely.

    The "direct-entries" will be your classmates when you get to the academy and they will remember how you treated them at NAPS. So try to be more of a mentor, then a trainer, while at NAPS and they will not only respect you, but it will alleviate some pressure. Some of my closest friends at the academy are "direct-entries" that went to NAPS with me, some of us rarely spoke at NAPS, but the academy has a way of pushing people with common experiences together. Keep in mind that even though you're still technically "enlisted" at NAPS, your classmates have not gone to bootcamp, and don't understand what you do about the navy. Correct them when their wrong, but don't be a dick about it. When you get to the academy you will eventually need their help so try not to burn too many bridges while you're there (cuz you will burn some...trust me) .

    Enjoy Newport, go on liberty as much as possible. Enjoy driving your car (if you have one). Enjoy your E-3/4/5 pay and your closet space. Enjoy NAPS as much as possible because once you get to plebe year you will miss it. NAPS is like A-school with a little more structure, but you will have more privileges/freedom at NAPS then you will for your first three years at the academy. NAPS is something that you and your classmates will always have, so build lasting relationships. Good Luck!

    MIDN(AW) USNA 2016
     
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  8. dag0at16

    dag0at16 Member

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    The two week Indoc period will fly by and before you know it the Academic year will start. When it does, seek out help from your professors as often and early as possible. Use the E.I. (Extra Instruction) system to your advantage. At one point, I basically lived in my math professor's office, I scheduled E.I. in the morning, during lunch and during the E.I. period. If your grades aren't that good, keep going to E.I., the profs love seeing students who show that they care (even if you don't, fake it til you make it). Try to learn, as much as you can while there because the learning curve is steep at the academy.
     

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