Not this year, next year?

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  1. jb55

    jb55 Member

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    I did not recieve an appointment this year. I plan on doing ROTC next year. I really want to go to The Point. Should I re-apply next year?! Is it normal for people to try once, but then try again?! :confused:
     
  2. WP hopeful

    WP hopeful USMA 2015 appointee

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    if it's what you truly want, do it. an extra year is really nothing in the big scheme of things!
    I applied last year, got waitlisted, and eventually rejected =( but i reapplied this year and ta-da! appointed!
     
  3. jb55

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    Thanks! I will apply again next year! Should I do it through the congressman ( for nomination ) near my college, or should I do it through my home district?!
     
  4. vamom

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    Good luck to you! Remember that ROTC gets to provide a NOM as well, so make sure you get that one as well when you re-apply next year.
     
  5. Just_A_Mom

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    jb55 - you will apply for a nomination through your home district.

    Also, contact your regional commander in admissions at West Point. Tell him/her that you are disappointed you will not receive an appointment and you will be taking ROTC in college and applying again. Aski about what weakness(s) there was to your application - they will give you an honest assessment of what you need to improve upon.
    I highly recommend you take courses that would mirror plebe year - English, History, Calculus, Chemistry, psychology and a foreign language.
    Perhaps consider joining a club team or intramurals and re-take your SAT's.
    You can actually re-take your SAT's this spring to count for next years application - that way it's one less burden in the fall.
    Good luck!
     
  6. BigBear

    BigBear Class of 2015

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    I was in the same boat as you last year. I chose to go to Valley Forge Military College, a private junior college with a SA prep program (their ad pops up a lot on these forums). The extra year to mature academically and physically has helped a lot, on my application and in the classroom. ROTC also has taught me a lot about the army that I did not know before. It sucks hearing about your friends having a great time in college, but the feeling I got when I received my appointment this year was worth every minute of it. If you want to talk more about it, feel free to message me
     
  7. vamom

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    PDB88: What a great story.....thank you for sharing that. We are waiting on the BFE from the AFA but if not, DS will take the same course as did you. Nice to see how well that worked out for you!
     
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    PDB88- are you sponsored by USMA for prep, or are did you go to VFMA on your own?
     
  9. BigBear

    BigBear Class of 2015

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    I was a self prep. When I got the twe last year, my parents and I just googled service academy prep schools and applied to all the closest schools. Valley forge does have about 30 sponsored prepsters from USMA, USNA, USAFA, and self prep people from all five SAs
     
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    PDB88 - Great story...thanks for sharing. In your opinion, what made the most difference - participating in ROTC, or participating in ROTC as part of the prep program at VF. In other words, do you think you would have been gained your WP appointment this year if you had spent a year in ROTC at a traditional college?
     
  11. BigBear

    BigBear Class of 2015

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    In my case, I would have to say being in the prep program at valley forge helped more than being in ROTC. For me, I needed a year to prove that my academics in high school were the result of some bad decisions, and that I had learned from those mistakes. I do not think that I would have performed as well in the classroom if I had gone to umd and done ROTC.

    ROTC at valley forge is great because you get to spend three hours every week away from some of the more annoying aspects of vf learning how to do some pretty cool stuff. The $650 paycheck I got in February was pretty sweet too. However, I don't think that ROTC was a major factor in improving my application this year. A malo can probably answer this more definitively though
     
  12. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    On a note, I have read somewhere, there is a figure that shows that a lot of people do not get appointed to West Point right after HS graduation.

    I think it was a pretty high percentage. I think it was in the figure of 30%, but I can't find that source right now.
     
  13. BigBear

    BigBear Class of 2015

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    I have also seen 1/3 but that was in reference to usna. It probably is somewhere from 20 to 30 percent
     
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    PDB88- did you have to re-apply for your nomination from your MOC and Sen, or did you get one through VF?
     
  15. BigBear

    BigBear Class of 2015

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    Everyone has to reapply for noms. For me, I applied to my representative and one senator, ended up winning both and appointed off my representatives nom. However, I was eligible for : VP, SROTC connected, both senators, and my rep. Vf does not have nominations to give, although the ROTC department did
     

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