starting the application?

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  1. che527

    che527 Member

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    so i'm an incoming junior in high school, but i'm not 17 years old yet. i went through the whole USNA website, and i can see on how to apply. i know that i have to take all the standardized tests, take challenging courses, and join lots of ECs and sports. but, even though i'm not 17 years old yet, what can i do to "start" the application? I also already registered with USNA.
     
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    You technically can't start your application until it opens for your year, so next March for 2022 it opens for Summer Seminar. Complete it then to try and attend. It's an awesome experience that DS loved and sealed the deal for him.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    So, what would I do in the meantime?
     
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    In the mean time, maximize your chances to get in. Read the forums on that topic, but its basically grades, academic challenge/success, sports, leadership, volunteer, workout with a focus towards the PFT, and maximize your standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT).
     
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  6. Milly

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    I'm wrong a lot....but I believe that my daughter started her summer seminar application this past January (during her junior year). If that is correct, don't wait till March! The NASS application is your preliminary application.
     
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  7. che527

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    I am not 17 yet, though.
     
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    Check the instructions carefully. You don't need to be 17 to apply for NASS. My daughter wasn't.
     
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    Oh, okay. Thanks!
     
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    Make sure you look into attending Boys/Girls State. You attend during the summer between Junior and Senior year. It is run by the American Legion and it is looked on very favorably by all the SA and ROTC programs.
     
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    Read every link, drop down and tab on the USNA admissions website. Set a timeline for the coming year on taking your SAT/ACT and prep for it. Set a standard of working out. Apply for Summer Seminar. Read the forum. Relax and enjoy high school too!
     
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    In the meantime, you can also go to the websites for your MOC to find out their process/requirements. My DS had to write 8 essays for one of the Senators, 4 for another Senator and 1 for the Congressman. That took him forever! Even though my son is a really good writer, the essays were the only thing I ever had to bug him about. And I bugged him for months. Because of his procrastination, he was writing all of them at the end of October of Senior year when he had a million other things to do. It was not a fun time. I would suggest writing your essays early so you can continue to modify, tweak and polish them before you start senior year. I'm so proud of you for being so proactive. Good luck to you!
     
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    Thank you for your support!
    Also, what is a MOC?
    And how did your DS figure out which essays went to who? Did you find out which nominations you had to write for before you started the application process?
     
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    MOC = member of congress (Senator or congressional representative).
    You must receive a nomination to be eligible for a Service Academy appointment. Most noms are from a MOC.

    Here is a link to acronyms you should find helpful:
    http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/index.php?threads/the-acronym-list.11568/

    Each rep will have different essay and application requirements. Most congressional reps have a committee that conducts interviews in person. Some hold phone or Skype interviews. Research your own reps (and Senatorial) websites for detailed requirements.

    Here is a link to a typical congressional website with instructions on obtaining a congressional nomination. This is an example. You must find your own district congressional rep's website and the website for your own two Senators.
    https://denham.house.gov/serving-you/military-academy-nominations

    and a FAQ list from the same rep:
    https://denham.house.gov/serving-you/military-academy-nominations/military-academy-nominations-faq
     
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    I see your MOC question was just answered. The acronym list will be a big help to you. Read this and all the links AROTC-dad posted. Since you are so early in the process and probably have a lot of basic questions that are easily found, I would suggest you also do as Navyhoops posted and read everything on the USNA website. After that, do some searches on this forum for additional information. You will find a lot of information this way that will probably answer many of your questions and offer solid guidance. It's great that you are starting early. Use it to your advantage to learn as much as you can. By owning the process of applying and finding as many answers as you can on your own, you will be learning skills that will help make you a better candidate.

    This is not meant to discourage you from posting questions. This forum is a great place to find information and many knowledgeable people are happy to help. I just think you will get more out of searching the information first on your own. Just my opinion.
     
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    Thanks so much!
     
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    Yup! I totally agree with you. Thanks.
     

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