Siblings at the academy

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  1. blamo

    blamo Member

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    Presently, I have a son that is in the class of 2014 and another son that has had his application complete since October and has received his nomination from our MOC. Over the years we have met many families that have more than one child go through the academy so I was wondering does the admin board look favorably on siblings attending the academy at the same time and/or is it a percieved benefit to have a sibling who is or who has attended the academy since the younger sibling will have a clear understanding as to what he or she is to expect. If it is any benefit to you my son who is the C3C is doing well and made the Superintendents List last semester. I would appreciate any thoughts you may have. Best wishes for all candidates waiting for an appointment......the silence is hard to take.
     
  2. kdc246

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    We are in the same situation. My DD is a 2014 cadet and her brother has been appointed for the class of 2016 (recruited athlete). I know that it was certainly was much easier going through the application process the second time around. I already had a pretty good idea of the requirements and was able to guide DS through it. The hardest part was waiting for the application to open:shake:. In our case it was DS who convinced DD(2014) to attend USAFA. He certainly has an "eyes wide open" view of going into the Academy and the expectations. In fact during Summer Seminar last year his roommates probably got more information than they needed/wanted but at least it was honest. Nothing was sugar coated. As to whether the Academy treats siblings any differently as far as admissions, I guess it just depends who reviews their packages. It would seem to me that each candidate, at least initially, has to stand out on their own. There is a question on the application itself though about siblings that are attending an Academy, so maybe.
     
  3. USAFA10s

    USAFA10s USAFA Class of 2012 WPAFB

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    As far as admissions I am 99% sure that siblings have NO bearing on acceptance. As far as support, all the siblings I know here seem to think it is great (I know I would if any of my 3 sisters had chosen to come here). The only possible downside is if the sibling was well known in the wing, or if basic cadre are close friends with a sibling, they may make life harder during basic, but not significantly so. I know there is a family with a firstie, two dig and a freshman and they love being here together.
     
  4. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Doesn't mean a thing to the board regarding selection.

    But surprisingly, there are quite a few "siblings" at USAFA...and I assume at the other SA's as well. The most I knew of were 3 at USAFA a few years ago.

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  5. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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  6. skydivingkittens

    skydivingkittens NWP '12

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    A while back I asked my ALO whether or not it would help and she said it would -somewhat... But I know it helps a bit with getting the nomination.
     
  7. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    Well, I have something a little "stronger" than just plain ol' siblings at USAFA; my identical twins are there! Their goal, as high school seniors was to go to college together, and to go for free, and as FIRSTIES now, they've certainly met that goal.

    I think in general, both young men were very glad to go together. In BCT, their favorite time was meeting at mass on Sunday morning (of course, they were in different squadrons). They were on the (duh...) fencing team together for their 4* year, though one chose to leave that for other pursuits from 3* year forward. At one time, they had the same class in the same semester though differing sections, they had the same instructor. They did have some fun with that, and last summer, they had a great time with the 4*'s at BCT.

    On the whole, I think they are probably 95% glad they made the choice to go together.

    Mom is 100% glad. :cool:
     

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