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  1. trini1066

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    My DS has been offered a chance to go to NAPS for the class or 2014. Is there tuition? After they graduate from NAPS. are they automatically accepted to the Naval Academy the following year?
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    NAPS is free. As a general rule, if a candidate successfully completes NAPS and has a favorable CO's recommendation, he/she will automatically receive an appointment.
     
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    is there a way that my DS wouldn't get a good recommendation from NAPS? For example if he had great grades and and passed all the PT , he would be good to go?
     
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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    ^^^

    Yes. It would be rare for someone who is doing his/her best and does not get into personal conduct issues to get a bad rec. It is as close to a "guarantee" of an appointment that you can realistically get.
     
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    Thanks my son has some tough decisions to make over the next month. He has been awarded A ROTC scholarship also.
     
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    All the best o your son. Ours is making the same decision between ROTC and NAPS. NAPS is winning so far.
     
  7. JJBsDad

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    If the original poster and VRSCDX wouldn't mind, I would appreciate it if you could post your son's or daughter's stats that allowed them to get a NAPS appointment. Thanks.
     
  8. stretch95

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    If your DS decides to accept the offer to NAPS, please tell them to search "Naval Academy Prep School (NAPS) Class of 2014" on Facebook to be added to the NAPS class of 2014 group!
     
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    After graduating from NAPS, do you still need to get a nomination to attend USNA?
     
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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Yes, you need a nom and you will be encouraged to apply to the "normal" nom sources. However, if you don't get an MOC nom, you are eligible for a SecNav nom (b/c you're enlisted while at NAPS) and those are automatic.
     
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    Thanks USNA1985. You have been lots of help. One more question: would my DS have to join the Naval Reserves before showing up to NAPS, or when he gets there?
     
  12. pilot2b

    pilot2b Candidate Appointee

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    Once a candidate accepts the offer to NAPS, USNA will send a packet instructing the candidate to go to the local Navy recruiter and how to enlist there. Most recruiters are unfamiliar with NAPS, so USNA also provides the contact info for the senior enlisted point of contact for the admissions office.

    When I accepted NAPS last year, I filled out some paperwork with my local recruiter, then went to MEPS several days later to swear in and finalize the paperwork.

    Somewhat separate from this, USNA will also request that you complete background checks with your local law enforcement office(s), which they provide the paperwork for.
     
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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Lest parents be worried, even though NAPSters sign a two-year enlistment, they are free to leave NAPS at any time and/or not continue onto USNA without having to serve out the full two years.

    So, your child is not enlisting in the traditional sense. Being enlisted allows him to be paid, to earn a SecNav nom, etc. Yes, he is in the military but he is also free to leave at any time with no strings attached.
     
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    pilot2b Candidate Appointee

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    True for the most part. Those who have left in the middle of this year at NAPS have had to pay back any remaining debt they owe for uniforms, etc. If a NAPSter DORed early enough in the year, the cost could be up to around $1,000.00.
     
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    NAPS or ROTC

    My DS just received appointment to NAPS. He also received NROTC scholarship to University of Southern California as a Pre-med and additional school grants will cover whatever scholarship doesn't cover. I guess my concern is that there is still a small chance that DS may not get an appointment to USNA after NAPS completion. That also means that he would have forfeited his chance to go to USC with an ROTC scholarship. What happens then? Start over again? DS really want to attend USNA. Any advise is greatly accepted. Thank you!
     
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    You could be talking about my DD from last year. NROTC scholarship to Norwich. No out of pocket anything. DD also got into the Coast guard Scholars Program(Their Prep school option). Same worries as yourself. She chose The prep program. The extra year of physical and academic prep really opened our/her eyes on how much better she could be prepared for this upcoming summer. Any reason she would not make it through prep would also eliminate her from NROTC anyway. Good luck.

    Any questions pls private message.
     
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    You are right about the reasons for not completing NAPS. The more information I am finding out about NAPS the better I feel about it. Thank you for your help. I will PM if I have more questions.
     
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    BSEALS- My DS is in the exact situation. ROTC scholarship to Loyola. With his merit scholarship also, he has all of his expenses paid for. From all the info I have gathered, it will be a no brainer for him. NAPS all the way. From what I have heard going to NAPS is the closest guarantee to get into USNA. As long as you keep your grades up and keep clean your pretty much in. If you don't keep your grades up and keep clean , your out of your ROTC scholarship anyway.
     
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    TRINI1066- I hear you. At least the waiting is over. My son have decided to accept NAPS. Congratulations to you and your DS on her appointment.
     
  20. pilot2b

    pilot2b Candidate Appointee

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    This sums it up. If he wants to go to USNA, NAPS is definitely a good choice.
     

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