Rejected.

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by Finnbarr, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. Finnbarr

    Finnbarr Member

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    I got a rejection letter today.

    Hopes, dreams, and expectations blown away.

    I don't really know what else to say.

    Welcome to reality.




    ^^ I did not intend for that to rhyme.
     
  2. mom3boys

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    Nothing any of us can say to take the sting out; hopefully you have a plan B...and will begin the process of reapplying for next year. Best wishes for future success.
     
  3. vamom

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    Finnbarr , I don't know what the next week will bring for my DS, but he is waiting on the AFA. I want to tell you that when we went to our MOC's Nominee Breakfast in December, we met all of the noms for each academy. Our MOC does a principal nom and then unranked slate. EVERY SINGLE PRINCIPAL NOM was a a current college freshman and ROTC member who has applied the year before. A very strong percentage of incoming classes are made up of "2nd tries". I hope you will try again. And please try to remember all of the MANY successes and the hard work and recognition that got you to this place. I hope this helps in some small way.
    Signed,
    A mom who thinks she knows a little bit about how you are feeling
     
  4. scoutpilot

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    Try not to view it as rejection. View it as one hurdle in a life that will see great success as well as failure.

    The race is long, and in the end it's only with yourself.
     
  5. Peter

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    I got a rejection letter today as well. Not thinking too much about it. I really enjoyed the journey of trying to get an appointment. It was rewarding in some ways.

    Remember, there are many ways of becoming an officer in the US Army. West Point is not the only way.
     
  6. FallenAngel77

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    Finnbarr,

    Life does not always go as we planned. "Fallen Angel" is (or was) the way of describing someone who did not complete flight school in the Marine Corps. I got to my last two months in advanced jet but did not get my wings. Certainly not the way I planned it. The Corps made me a grunt and I learned more about people and life in general as a Platoon Commander than I have before or since. It shaped my live ways flying a plane never could. Do I wish I had my wings? Absolutely, but if I got my wings I never would have met my wife and I never would have had the DS who is a yuk. Incidentally, he did not make it in on his first try. Things will get better.
     
  7. Chris_GoArmy

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    Reapply next year and make sure to fix what ever held you back.
     
  8. Xtian's Dad

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    Sorry to read about your denial letter.
    Yes, the sun will rise tomorrow, and when one door closes another 5 open.
    Keep your head up and keep plugging away.
    Look, there are already people here in your corner!!!
     
  9. Aay Three

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    honestly...its not the end. I think of it as a blessing in disguise as retrospect...i hardly thought about my future until I got that rejection. I realized I wanted to go to the USMA without any thoughts on a major and plans after getting out. Since then, I planned on becoming a lawyer. I go to community college, and will be able to do a one-year transfer. That means I will graduate in 3 years, not 4, as opposed to reapplying to the USMA and basically graduating in 5 years. Beyond that, going to law school is 3 years extra. USMA has a 5 year military service with an additional 3 years for going to grad school. Sure, no debt, but is 8 years of military life really worth it? With all that extra time, I could've already built up my career and have an 8 year head start on life as i want it. I'll keep the college experience, think philosophically instead of worrying about how my bed is made, no curfews, freedom to go out whenever and wherever I please, have people respect me for my intellect, and room an apartment with my college buddies. Hit the gym on my own time to get into shape, get an internship, and maybe even have an in-campus relationship. My life is just starting, and getting rejected was the eye-opener. I can serve my country in other ways, that doesn't require strapping on a rifle. I might even take the politician route. There's so many opportunities out there, and contrary to what some die-hard people on these forums might argue, West Point is NOT the end-all be all. Theres way more and far better starting points in life. Don't sulk and miss them.
     
  10. mom3boys

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    This is why over and over you will read on these forums that you need to figure out if you want to be an Army officer or not. Going to West Point is not a lark; it's a committment to Army officership. If your #1 goal is not to be an Army officer, you probably shouldn't apply. I am glad Aay Three figured out the military is not for him; many cadets don't figure it out until beast and they end up leaving. Those who wish to be officers can reapply or seek alternative commissioning routes.
     
  11. WestPointHopeful2015

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    Opened the mail and saw a TWE at the back of the pile...my heart sank. I've never felt so right/passionate about anything in my life before this. Looks like I'll be going somewhere else this year, never thought I'd be going anywhere BUT West Point. Looks like I'll have to fully develop plan B turned plan A.
    Thanks to everyone on this forum for encouraging words and advice in the past, it has made this stressful experience tolerable. :)
     

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