Prior Service Applicant

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by 121ak, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. 121ak

    121ak New Member

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    Currently a 21 year old A1C at my first duty station. Graduated from BMT in September of 2013 and then tech school in April of this year. Been on station for 2 months now.

    Supervisor told me I should apply for the academy and it's something I'd like to do so I said sure.

    Filled out the AF1786 for to apply for the enlisted slots at the academy. I'd like to go to the prep school but I turn 22 on May 26 of 2015 so I think I'm disqualified as you can't turn 22 before July 1st correct?

    Anyone know the current chances? Didn't do so hot in highschool and got low 20s on the ACTs. Was kinda hoping that the fact that there are unclamined spots each year would help me out.

    Side note: Supervisor has written a letter of recommendation and I'm waiting to hear back from my commander.
     
  2. Spud

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    You are starting the process at the last minute. Unless the AF has some special deal for enlisted, you have one shot at the Academy-----better make it your absolute best. I am assuming that you have been at the top of every school class and training since raising your hand, have been an excellent airman and formally recognized as such by all your superiors (and the supervisor's suggestion and recommendation is indication that somebody sees something in you), which now is all in the past and you cannot really change anyway. The gorilla in the room is your HS academics and your low ACT scores. You kill that by retaking the ACT again and again, STUDYING BETWEEN EACH TEST ON WEAK AREAS, until your scores will not go any higher. The nice thing about the ACTs is that everyone does better with repetition and studying and you can control it. If hitting the books like you have never done before in your life is too much work.......well, it was a nice idea, wasn't it?

    By the way, the reason enlisted spots go unfulfilled at all the Academies is not because no one applies, it is because those who do are not selected. You have to show admissions you have what they are looking for.
     
  3. 121ak

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    I did alright in tech school. Towards the end I got 90-100%s on each block test.

    What sucks is the fact my highschool grades are being considered. I graduated 3 years ago. Things have changed since then.

    Taking the ACT again is going to be difficult as I'm working my operational job, and working on my CDCs.
     

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