Naval Academy Foundation Scholarship Offer

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  1. Shades

    Shades Member

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    Anyone been offered a Scholarship to attend one of the approved prep schools? Appreciate any feed back on the schools and or Foundation assistance. Faced with many options. Wait a year and go to USNA Class 2014, go to Citadel with NROTC Scholarship, or a AFROTC Scholarship, appointments to USMA, USMMA, and waiting to see what happens at USAFA.
    Want to fly, thinking a economy and worried about the budgets if I wait an extra year for NA, but it is the NA. Friends think I'm crazy for not jumping all over the USMA appointment, however I want to fly jets more than rotary, but excited to have USMA appointment and have not ruled out. Consistent news shows fewer flight school slots going to Academy, less than 100 last year reported. The NROTC and AFROTC sounds good, over 60% reported they received their 1st choice for MOS, but it is not the academy. Have read disappointing news about USMMA, don't know what to believe. Never thought I would have so many decisions, I just wanted to have a good plan B, now I have C, D, and E.
    Good luck to everyone with your choices
     
  2. Profmom2

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    Not sure which academy you are referring to about
    For the Class of 2007
    Career Choices of the Class of 2007
    The members of the Class of 2007 chose the following service and warfare specialties to enter after graduation and commissioning:
    Aviation:pilot Training — 256
    Naval Flight Officer Training — 94

    Certainly more than 100.
     
  3. Shades

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    i was referring to the naval academy. with the new Supe it has been stated that more flight slots are being given to the ROTC progams and fewer at the academies. this change would have taken place after 2007 i do believe.
     
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    Class of 2008
    Pilot Training-247
    Naval Officer Training-87

    pulled that from the 2008-2009 USNA Catalog
     
  5. Shades

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    Boy, from a paragraph that size, I had hoped to illicit more conversation
    about choices.
    Seem to be keying in on one thought which was communicated from conversations with Mids at NASS last Summer and with CINATRA a few months ago.
    I am just saying aloud what I hope others are contemplating regarding
    career choices. I think it very prudent to investigate where the flying slots are going.
     
  6. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    I would definately not base a college decision on what is written on an online, anonymous, forum. If you would like the real scoop make sure to visit each place and see how it "feels" to you. You won't be able to get a full picture of any school in a one or two day visit, but it will be much better than only going on what you read.

    You have some tough decisions ahead...figure out what it is exactly you want to do and if that is be a Naval Aviator then go to USNA, USMMA, or NROTC.
     
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    And ask yourself if a year on a commercial is the best way to prepare you to become a better Naval Aviator.
     
  8. Shades

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    Thank you KP
    I am speculating now, if you went to USMMA? did you enjoy the experience?
     
  9. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Absolutely, wouldn't trade it for the world. (but this would likely be said by most graduates of any service academy about their alma mater)
     
  10. Just_A_Mom

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    Going to prep school doesn't have to be ultra expensive. It can be cheaper than NROTC if you choose the right school.

    Honestly, if you want USNA then take the Foundation Scholarship. Your appointment to the Class of 2014 will be yours to lose. Sure you have to go an extra year. However, there are many benefits to this that will only help you once you get to USNA.

    Here is a school and an example of how "inexpensive" your prep year can be -
    http://marionmilitary.edu/programs/sap-requirements.da
    As you can see the cost of MMI's SAP program for the year will be $9000 BEFORE your Foundation scholarship kicks in. You can also apply for Federal and/or state financial aid.
     
  11. jamzmom

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    Shades, you have many options. Congrats!! Don't close any doors until you've seen them all with your own eyes, first hand. You might want to check KP out a little more in depth by making a few phone calls & puttng to rest any misconceptions you might be harboring. It is the choice of KP Mids as to how they want to spend their sea year. Many spend 3 months of sea year on commercial vessels then move on to Navy vessels and/or Military Sea Lift Command during the second part of their sea year which is a longer training period. Midshipmen ship requests are taken into consideration when working with the Academy Training Representative (ATR). Internships include areas of Navy Aviation. Call and ask about flying Navy & how a sea year can evolve for those wanting flight spots. They won’t bite ya & you’ll get some good information to use for deciding your future. Nothing lost, nothing gained! Call.

    The only way you’ll know if KP is a good fit for you is to go do a visit. Ask a ton of questions. See what its like. Talk to those Mids who are going to fly. I know a few as well as some who are flying now. They’ll tell you what it’s really like to do what they are doing. Its an option. Don’t count it out.

    Watching & listening to some of the more rambunctious KP Midshipmen, they tell me point blank: “Up, down, good, bad, love, hate. Its all part of the experience. It is what you make it to be”. Good luck with wherever your road leads. My hope for you is that you find the best place for you to become the Officer you want to be. If your heart is at NA, as it sounds like it is, you'd better jump on that offer of Prep! ;)

    If you get a chance, look through some issues of the Kings Pointer.
    http://www.usmmaaa.com/newsltr/htmlmag/index.htm
     
  12. kaullman

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    USNA Class of 2009 Aviation Selection

    From a brief to BGOs earlier this year:

    Class of 2009
    Navy Pilot - Male 184, Female 44
    Navy NFO - Male 69, Female 16
    USMC Pilot - Male 72, Female 6
    USMC NFO - Male 5, Female 1

    397 of 1058 going aviation, for 37%

    Wherever you're getting your news, Shades, change the channel.
     
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