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  1. QBsdad

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    My son is a Blue Chipped quarterback that is eligible for EA with USAFA. The majority of his application was completed in August but we had to wait on DoDMERB to grant his medical waiver in early October. The football coaches assured him that he will be a "direct in" and that we should hear something very soon. He meets with his MOC panel on 12/6. As we have no idea what to expect from any of this, does anyone have any ballpark prediction as to the order in which the panel reviews applications? (ie: military families, prep school, etc...)
     
  2. Maplerock

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    He may very well earn an appointment. He could also be offered prep school. As for "direct" in... I hope not. I hope all candidates earn their way in with their packets, not their ability to chuck a football.

    Being a blue chip QB doesn't mean he's not a great student. He probably is. It sure helps to be a needed commodity though when applying.

    The timetable is up to the academy's admissions boards. He may find out soon, or it may be on May 1. You never know.
     
  3. QBsdad

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    Direct in... As in his grades and scores are high enough to be competitive for an appointment on it's own merits. As for chucking a football... Do you have any idea how much time, effort, travel and hard work it takes to get to the level of D1 quarterback? Countless hours with a private throwing coach, camps, competitions, 7 on 7a, not to mention year round weight room time. There's a lot more to it than just chucking...

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  4. Pima

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    I agree with QBsdad.

    My DS was not a blue chip, but played FB (LB) for three years. I have to say that I think he may have had 4 weeks off during the year. FB season would end in Dec. and he was back weight training in Jan. School would end in June and a week later he was doing Combine from 6-4 5 days a week. Combine ended end of July and a week later he was in FB practice 6-4 5 days a week.
    ~ If he missed 3 days in total for the month of August they would not play the first game. If they missed 2 straight practices they had to step back. I.E. they started wearing helmets only, than pads, than full up gear. Miss two practices in a row for the last section, they went back to the previous step for 3 practices.

    School started up and he was practicing until 7 every night and any rational parent would want their kid to be taking a rigorous course load so they can get into college without needing a FB entry.
    ~ JMPO, even more so if their dream is to serve in the military. One bad hit and they could be DQd.
    ~~ Our friend played for USAFA back in the 80s. He took a hit, got a waiver went onto fly F111s. Played flag FB with the squadron and reinjured his back. He never flew again! He was okay to still fly a desk, just not an ejection seat cockpit.
    ~~~ Not trying to scare anyone, just saying as an FB Mom, I have a lot of respect for what FB players endure during HS.

    I would also say that I have faith in the SAs.

    Welcome to the forums. I am pretty certain when he said direct it does mean he is 3Q, and if he is recruited, I would assume they have given him an LOA. If that is the case and he has his interview on 12/6, than you might not hear until mid-late Jan.

    The reason why is some MOCs will take weeks before they submit the slate. The boards will not meet when the cadets are out for Xmas break. MoCs have until end of Jan. to submit their slate.
    ~ Don't read into not hearing earlier just because it maybe a calendar/schedule confliction.

    If he does have an LOA have him contact his MOC and inform them. Have him ask if they need to see a copy of it, via snail mail for his packet. Have him bring a copy of it with his resume to the interview.

    If he doesn't see his portal change regarding nom or a snail mail letter from the MOC by the 15th have him contact their office and politely ask if the decision has been made regarding the slate.
    ~ At that point they may say yes, but we have not submitted it, or yes, and congrats!
    ~~ That does not mean he will get the BFE by Xmas, but by regards with him being 3Q, LOA and an MOC you can go out and buy Bubblewrap as a joke present for Xmas.
    ~~~ That is a common joke. Congrats and now bubble wrap the kid because one injury could mean a DoDMERB DQ! Thus, the appointment is revoked!:eek: trust me there was an SA appointee a few years back that played LAX(many FB players do that as a spring sport). They broke their bone in the end of the season, had to be casted and was medically turned back before I day because he wouldn't have the cast off in time!:thumbdown:

    FYI....have him keep moving forward with plan B and AFROTC scholarship for the just in case.

    Congrats and welcome!
     
  5. MedB

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    Welcome aboard, QBdad.

    Kudos to your DS/family for all the hard work it took to get to this place. Well earned. I'm sure your DS will pursue the next decade or more being a great military officer with the same vigor he showed previously for leading his FB team.
     

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