Process for Prior Enlisted

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  1. Tachypsychia

    Tachypsychia Member

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    Hello all,

    I'm looking for some information on this process because I have had some bad luck getting any information out of my OSO or around the web.

    My story:

    4 year Marine Reservist with 1 deployment and 2 years of college under my belt. I'm not satisfied with my college career, and want to renew my dream for going to the academy.

    I understand that that there are nominations from the secretary of the navy for enlisted marines and reservists, and that I need the reccomendation of two commissioned officers, but beyond that I'm in the unknown. I'm 21 and understand that I have until I'm 24 to get in, however the wording on the USNA website is a little tricky. Here's why:

    "at least 17 years of age and must not have passed your 23rd birthday on July 1st of the year of admission;"

    My birthday is July 1st. I'll be turning 22 this summer. Now I want to deploy to Afghanistan next year, but don't want this to hinder my application process. I know just about everything in the application process is wavierable (found that out my first recruiting experience) but want to make it as streamlined as possible.

    Does this mean that I have 2 years left before I can bother to apply? I wan't to maximize prep time.

    Any information from prior enlisted midshipmen would be appreciated.

    If it's worth mentioning I got my senator's nomination in my senior year of highschool when I previously applied so I have high hopes for an appointment.

    -LCpl Martin
     
  2. jtoye

    jtoye NAPS '12 appointee

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  3. Tachypsychia

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    Thanks for the reply. I checked out the MCO when I got interested in the academy again, and noticed it was terribly out of date (15 years). It even says that you cant be older than 22 to apply. I was hoping for more of an update than that, but cleared up the process for me a bit.

    Hoping to hear from a prior with any inside knowledge!

    jtoye: Where in NC? I'm in NC as well.
     
  4. nhkpr7

    nhkpr7 New Member

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    I am a prior enlisted going in to the academy this summer. I received my nomination from the Secretary of the Navy.


    My story:


    I understand that that there are nominations from the secretary of the navy for enlisted marines and reservists, and that I need the reccomendation of two commissioned officers, but beyond that I'm in the unknown. I'm 21 and understand that I have until I'm 24 to get in, however the wording on the USNA website is a little tricky. Here's why:

    -- You do not need recommendations from two commissioned officers. Your CO has to write you a nomination form; other than that, I got letters from two SSgts.

    "at least 17 years of age and must not have passed your 23rd birthday on July 1st of the year of admission;"

    My birthday is July 1st. I'll be turning 22 this summer. Now I want to deploy to Afghanistan next year, but don't want this to hinder my application process. I know just about everything in the application process is wavierable (found that out my first recruiting experience) but want to make it as streamlined as possible.

    Does this mean that I have 2 years left before I can bother to apply? I wan't to maximize prep time.

    -- Why deploy when you know you want to be an officer from the academy? Is it worth possibly losing the ability to go? Obviously I am not an academy admissions officer and can not really give you an answer here, but it is up to you to decide if the risk is worth it.

    Any information from prior enlisted midshipmen would be appreciated.

    -- Let me know if you have any more direct questions, and i would be happy to go into more detail.

    If it's worth mentioning I got my senator's nomination in my senior year of highschool when I previously applied so I have high hopes for an appointment.

    -- you also have access to a SECNAV nomination.

    -LCpl Martin

    S/F
     
  5. Tachypsychia

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    Thanks for the reply!

    I want to deploy to Afghan, because if I do not do so now, I won't have the option to again for easily another 5-6 years. By then, we may not even be doing operations there, and to be honest, I like my chest candy, so do not want to miss the opportunity. Of course, If I do not have the option of doing both, I would take an appointment to the academy.

    When you started the process, what were the general steps? You can be as vague as you want. I understand you had to get with your CO in order to get the appointment, but did you still have to become an official candidate? What I mean by that, is the application process for civilians coming from high school must complete the DODMERB medical screening, BGO interview, CFA ect.

    Did you have do do the same process on top of the MCO for appointment? Do you need to submit PRO/CONS, PFTs, Rifle Scores, ect? Just trying to get my hands on the most uncommon information as I can as there is literally no information I've been able to turn up for Marines in my position.

    Thanks!
     
  6. USNA'02

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    Age is not something you can waive. unfortunately, you turn 24 on the 1st which would make you too old. I know, it kinda sucks.

    you still have to become a candidate, you still need to complete an interview, provide high school transcripts, etc...since you have some college you'll have to provide those transcripts as well, you'll need to take either the ACTs or SATs. if your initial grades and test scores aren't high enough you will be be considered an official candidate.

    I would recommend you call (410) 293-1839/DSN 281 and speak with the fleet coordinator.
     
  7. Tachypsychia

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    I'm confused about that one. My SAT Score was something like 1470 Math and Reading combined, remember scoring higher in Math... I took the test in 2006... No reason to retake it is there?
     
  8. Tachypsychia

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    I've done a lot more research over the past few days, and I feel really good about my application this year. Thanks a ton to everyone here on the forums who replied here and messaged me. Good luck to all this next year.
     
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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Please confirm the age issue with USNA before you proceed. As '02 states, age is not waiverable. If that's good, then full speed ahead.:thumb:
     
  10. Tachypsychia

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    Yes, unfortunatley this is completely true. Although I could pursue MCECEP or OCS, whos ages are waiverable, the service academies are not. You must be between 17 and 22 (i.e. Greater than or equal to 17 and less than or equal to 22) to be eligible. This gives me only the next applying year to get in. Wish me luck!
     
  11. MomoftheMagik

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    Good luck and thank you for the service you have already done for us!!
     

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