Nat. Guard to WP questions

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  1. ravenger

    ravenger New Member

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    Hey guys to give some brief information about myself I am currently a Junior in High School, and enlisted in the NC National Guard(split ops contract) as an 11B.

    I have a few questions related to the admissions process that I figured you guys could help me with.

    Question 1) Since I have so recently attended MEPS successfully will I have to go through the DoDMERB's process?

    Question 2) How will my Army training experience (BCT and such) affect my leadership score on the WCS?

    Question 3) Is there anything else I should be taking care of now, Im a member of the National Honor Society, take all Honor/AP classes, have a GPA around 4.3, and I am our JROTC Battalion XO. (As far as nominations go I have the JROTC nomination, my Commanders Endorsement, and I'm working on the congressional nomination)
     
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    What are your sports? West Point likes varsity letters.
     
  3. Hooah1775

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    ravenger,

    First, you have come to an excellent forum for insight and info on USMA! Be sure to search this forum to find answers and review the "sticky" notes by buff81-she has outstanding insight and knowledge!

    Your accomplishments are impressive and you seem to be on the right track. Have you taken any SAT or ACT tests? If not, start taking them and continue to re-take them to max out your scores. Do you participate in any sports? If so, did you earn a Varisty Letter and/or Captain of a team.

    I would encourage you to review the USMA Class of 2015 profile and see how your test scores match up as well as any Varisty Athletic Awards (Letter, Captain, etc.). http://admissions.westpoint.edu/pdf/Profile.pdf

    You may also want to find out from your H.S. Counselor about applying to attend American Legion Boys State this summer http://www.ncboysstate.org/ . Also not sure if you have applied or are attening USMA Summer Leaders Seminar. http://admissions.usma.edu/summer_program.html


    If you are ROTC and National Guard, you should start to understand the application process for Nominations from those organizations. Also, investigate the web sites for your Congressman and Senators. Most on this forum board recommend you apply to all Nomination sources including the Vice President. It is a good time to start understanding the Nomination process.

    Good luck!!
     
  4. ravenger

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    I am schedule to take SAT and ACT in march right now, and I can't attend boy's state or SLS because of BCT but I do intend on visiting West Point when I get back this summer.

    As far as sports go the ones I have that were counted on the pre-screening were:
    1. Rifle 2 years (I'll be a captain next year)
    2. Orienteering 3 years (team cpt 2, special recognition 2)
    3. Track 1 year (hoping to get lettered next year)
     
  5. MemberLG

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    There is a full time section in the admissions office that deals with soldiers (to include RC) to get in touch with them.

    Instead of a DoDMERB exam, you will have to send in some medical forms from your unit.

    Focus on your SAT and school work. Since you will be considered a soldier applicant, you are not competing again other applicants rather just soldier applicants. Typically, there are not enough fully qualified soldiers applicants. So if you academically qualify, your chance of appointment is very high.
     
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    Just curious how many slots are normally open to soldiers each year at West Point?

    Thanks for the information.
     
  7. Sawndog

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    Question 1) Since I have so recently attended MEPS successfully will I have to go through the DoDMERB's process?

    As long as you keep the paperwork for your medical records, you are able to exempt a few things, but you will typically have to complete some things to bring it up to date.

    Question 2) How will my Army training experience (BCT and such) affect my leadership score on the WCS?

    BCT and AIT - not much. OEF Deployment - It helps a decent bit.

    Question 3) Is there anything else I should be taking care of now, Im a member of the National Honor Society, take all Honor/AP classes, have a GPA around 4.3, and I am our JROTC Battalion XO. (As far as nominations go I have the JROTC nomination, my Commanders Endorsement, and I'm working on the congressional nomination)

    Stay motivated and become a beast at PT.

    The soldiers slots NEVER get filled up. So don't worry too much about that, just make sure you are competitive.

    Source: Army prior service (OEF '10-'11) and accepted for USMA '16.
     

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