Recieved Reserve component nomination

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  1. hooah21

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    hello all, i received a reserve component nomination from my commanders endorsement. I am currently serving in the Reserves, have many general officer recommendations sent to the academy and have been qualified by DoDMERB. How many reserve component nominees actually make it into the academy?
     
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    (I can't answer your question, but since I'm in a mood:

    I before E
    Except after C)

    There now.
     
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    Historically 40 to 50 RC soldiers enter each class and 30 to 40 end up at the Prep School.

    From what I have seen, a RC soldier, top 20% high school ranking and aroudn 1800 on SAT, with other things be average, usually end up at the Prep School. A little bit higher on academics, direct appointment. For Soldier applicants, academic credential appears to be the biggest discriminator.
     
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    Thank you for this! I do have many General Officer recommendations at this point as well as a 23 act and 3.3 GPA. Do I look competitive from your stand point?


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    A 23 ACT is not very competitive. Can you retake it (and aim for above 26)? It would seem with that score Prep school may be an option.
     
  6. MemberLG

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    My guess (which carries no influence on the admissions committee and based on your GPA and ACT score only)- a good chance of getting selected for the Prep School, with other things being equal, but not for an appiontment.

    You should be talking to the Soldier Admissions Team at West Point.
     
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  7. Pima

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    Is that nomination like the Presidential? They can have an unlimited amount of nominations, but only charged a specific number.

    If so, you could be going against hundreds of candidates. The Presidential slate can run well over 400 nominations for 100 appointments. The question you should be asking and researching is how many nominations are offered this route?

    Now for the OP, did you apply for your MOC and the VP nomination too?

    Here are a couple of things to think about.

    Every SA is considered an Ivy league education. The profs expect you to have that basic foundation to start with. Class profiles will show that the avg ACT is going to be @30. They are going to teach at that level. They are not going to slow down the class for you to catch up.
    ~ A reason why prep exists is to get these cadets up to the academic standards.

    Personally I am not sure you are an ideal prepster.

    The reason is we don't know where do you stand outside of academics? Leadership/ECs, ets? CFA? What is your school profile? 3.3. Impo is low, but maybe the school doesn't hand out A's like candy on Halloween. How many go Ivy? What was/is your class rank?
    ~ Some candidates are not great test takers and they get it, but their academic profile and rigor said look past this and give them prep.
    ~ Some have lower academics because they are athletes and not to divert this into a fight about athletes, they do spend many hours everyday playing sports and their grades can take a hit.
    ~ Some candidates candidates are diversity...again not trying to divert the thread.

    Just saying, without knowing the other facts, I feel it is wrong to say anything positive or negative.
    ~ How many would you say Prepster if they said 3 pull ups and an 8 minute mile run with their CFA stats?
    ~ How many would say they were ideal prepster if their only EC is member of FBLA?
    ~ The ARmy allows HS students to enlist into the Reserves, would your reply change if you knew that they are in HS currently? Not saying they are or are not. Saying that the candidate that is 18, at a CC and in the Reserves might be seen differently than the candidate that is in HS? Would your opinion change regarding chances if my previous questions were answered?

    I wish you the very best, but as we all say here, have plan B in place. Get some college credits under your belt. Shore up any weaknesses. Talk to your FFR and ask them to be honest with you. They exist and are an asset They have experience and know how you are racking and stacking against their other candidates.

    If you don't want to discuss it with them, than PM posters here like Member and Scout.
     
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  8. Pima

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    OBTW, I am curious does USMA work the same way as USAFA, where a certain ACT score is the min. and if they don't make it than they are typically deemed noncompetitive for direct?

    USAFA website flat out says on their website below 24 E they fall into the non competitive pile.
    ~ I get it they have a 23 composite, so they could have 24 E and 22 M. In that case they would move forward.
     
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    Yes, for Soldier applicants (from the West Point Amdissions Website)

    These are the baseline minimum to allow to complete the application process. If a soldier candidate gets academically qualified, a higher chance of a direct appointment than non-soldier applicants that are QNS.
     
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    I am a high school senior that enlisted through split option RESERVES. Which means I actually do my assigned job at my unit. I also hit well above the averages on all parts of the CFA and currently am a leader in multiple school and local clubs and groups. I was captain of the Cross country team for 3 years and run track and on top of that I'm a minister. This is what will "carry the weight" with admissions as my commander said. I also was recommended by two commanding generals, both in my chain of command.


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    And yes ive completed basic and served as platoon leader in that as well this past summer


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  12. Pima

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    What is your plan B?

    Is it Prep or AROTC?

    You need to understand that many get a TWE. Military life is always having plan B in your pocket!
     
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    Rotc most likely


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    23 ACT = 1050 to 1080 CR+M on the SAT. I believe that would be deemed non-competitive.

    I trust you are taking both tests every time they are offered? Test prep on your own?
     
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    mean ACT at USMA: 29
    mean SAT (M + CR): 1272
     
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    You need to raise that 23. March2Success is often recommended on the USMA forum page for SAT/ACT self-prep. https://www.march2success.com/
     

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