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  1. Apex

    Apex New Member

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    How's it going everyone! I am [name redacted by mods] and recently got the recommendation from my current CO of DDG-111 to pursue an application for The Academy. This website has been invaluable thus far in acquiring information regarding the application process and I just wanted to thank all who have posted.

    I enlisted during my senior year in high school to be part of the CT community and shipped to basic training in February, 2010. I am currently on board a pre-comp Destroyer out of Bath, Maine with our bow in the direction of our home port in San Diego later this year. I was nominated by my CO and XO (prior Academy) to pursue the STA-21 program this FY. I missed the SAT requirement by 10 points and after extensive consideration, want to use the Academy as my path to my commission for next year.

    Here are my questions that I have not been able to answer thus far, I submitted my preliminary application and currently researching about my SECNAV nomination. I am going to attempt to get other nominations but I keep reading about people writing a "essay". Where in the application process is such a essay?

    I have a large grey/black chest tattoo extending from my shoulders down to my collar bones that is tasteful. It depicts my childhood on small fishing boats with heavy seas and a moon on my left side extending to my other shoulder with calm seas and the sun with a small fishing vessel in the center of my chest. I have been told that this is not a issue since it is not visible in PT clothes, is this correct?

    I recently retook my SAT's and scored a 1060 combined. I am currently studying 30mins a day and working with a few fellow officers to improve my score before my 2 retests this year. I would like to know how competitive I am with the following.

    20 years old (birthdate is June 8), male, 72 inches, 162 pounds

    Past two PFA cycles with a overall score of Outstanding on both. I am confident I can hit the max scores for the CFA with ease.

    EP evaluation.

    Very strong CO/XO/CMC recommendation

    Graduated third out of 19 during A/C Crypto Intelligence school.

    Blue Jacket of the Quarter for USS Spruance, Operations department for January-June, 2011. Nominated for current Blue Jacket boards next week.

    Member of our Honor/Color Guard and have presented at multiple events in Boston/Portland. Skillful in marching/commands.

    SAT- 490 Math, 570 Reading. This will be brought up.

    Over 970 community service hours documented while in High School and was the head for a PC Academy. I have completed over 50 hours of service since active duty. Multiple varsity sports while in high school. Here is my downfall that most enlisted members face. My high school grades sucked. GPA was a 2.98 with mostly honor courses (no AP). I lacked motivation and cared more about my auto racing career then grades. My class rank was 520/790.

    From my own analysis, I expect to attend NAPS to improve my lackluster core education. How do I stand as a "whole person" perspective in your opinions? Any recommendation as far as reading material for prior enlisted? I want constructed criticism on anything that will improve my chances to fulfill my aspiration of commissioning as a Naval Officer through the Academy. Thanks for any help!

    Very Respectfully,

    [name redacted just to keep things a little more anonymous]
     
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  2. Mongo

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    It appears that you are on track for NAPS.

    Go to the USNA Admissions website and begin the online application process. This is where you will find the essay requirement.

    Don't worry about the SecNav nomination. It will be 'automatic' once you complete NAPS. The administration there will assist you in getting through the nomination process.

    SATS are the one thing that you can improve to show that you possess the where with all to succeed at USNA. I stumbled across Khan Academy recently. It's SAT math review section is phenominal:
    http://www.khanacademy.org/
     
  3. Craig

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    Take the ACT too. You may find you like it better.
     
  4. Apex

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    Thank you both for a speedy response.

    I will also be taking the ACT's later this year as it won't hurt to try both. I completed the preliminary application on the USNA Admission site and it states that I will be contacted by mail should I qualify. Once this letter arrives, I get further instructions. Is this where I will receive the prompt to write on?

    Thank you Mongo for the link, I will utilize it in conjunction with my prep book.
     

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