Non-Citizen's plan

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by Yukon, Jul 2, 2014.

  1. Yukon

    Yukon Member

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    Hi, I also posted this in the USNA Forums and would like different opinions.
    I'm currently a sophomore in High School. I applied for a Greencard in 2004, and I will get it in around 2 years, before I graduate High School. My goal is to attend the Air Force or Naval Academy, however by the time I become a citizen I will be much too old. So my option is to enlist, get citizenship after enlisting, and then attend the academy.
    How complicated is this process? How willing would CO be to help me in this, for example even if I have outstanding academics and ports, but my CO does not approve, am I out of luck? How long do they want me to stay enlisted before I go to the Academy?
    I contacted my local representative, and explained to him my situation, and he said it is not in his power to expedite my citizenship. Should I contact a senator?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Dad

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    Not sure what you mean about being too old if you will become a citizen in 2 years. How old are you now?

    Enlisting is an option, not the only option. There are Airman slots for Academy admission set aside every year. There were several 'priors' in my son's squadron. Here is what the Academy says:

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    If your goal is to serve, you may want to consider attending a University with a strong ROTC program and sign up and participate in General Military classes. You do not have to be a citizen unless you need/want a scholarship. Here is what the Air force has to say about ROTC:

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    I think you got your answer from the source. You will get your citizenship through the normal channels in the normal time. It is what it is. There is not much you can do about it.
     
  3. Yukon

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    Thanks

    Thanks so much for the help. I'm currently 16, and by the time I get my Green Card I'll be 18. By the time I get citizenship, I'll be 24.
    However I still have one more question: If I have outstanding academics, and everything the Academy wants, what happens if my CO doesn't recommend me? S/he may not want to lose a worker, or any other reason. If he doesn't recommend me, then there nothing I can do right? On the other hand, if I get accepted through another CO's recommendation, there's nothing my CO can do to stop me, is there?

    Thanks so much
     
  4. cybersnyder

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    There is nothing to guarantee that your commander will recommend you for the Academy. If you're "the right stuff", I don't think there are many commanders that would hold you back. But it's down the road with many variables that you have little control over. The greencard / citizenship factor creates a lot of challenges for you.
     

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