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  1. usafacandidate

    usafacandidate Member

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    My medical waiver was approved on March 27. My file is now complete. I still have not heard whether or not I am going to be accepted. Is anyone else still waiting to here or have all the appointments already been given out?
     
  2. nick4060

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    im still waiting too. havent heard a word since november. i hear that they have already handed out most of the offers. have we been sort of waitlisted and not told about it? or did they just put our names in a pile to wait until the very last minute for a decision.

    i dont have the time for the latter. i only have until may 1st to cancel my admission to Va Tech. so if they plan on waiting on me until june then im screwed.
     
  3. flyboy

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    hey guys, i wish the best of luck to both of you. most of the appointments have been offered, yes, but the academy website says you will know of your status by "mid-may". by not receiving anything at this point it means at least that they haven't ruled you out yet! and about the VA tech- i would write them and let them know your situation, i'm sure they would be able to figure something out for you.
     
  4. nick4060

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    ive already talked to em. they said a bunch of people are in the exact same situation. ive already accepted admission to tech because they offered 12K in scholarship to sign early. but i do have up to may 1st to cancel. after that, im locked in. i dont mind at all. id love to go to tech.

    i just dont want to feel like an idiot when, after im locked in to VT in june, the academy randomly calls up and says theyve got a spot for me.

    also, when do they start rejecting people? do they just hand out appointments and keep everyone else in a pile? or do they accept/deny some and keep a few (like me) in limbo for an indefinate period of time?
     
  5. hornetguy

    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    They typically keep people in a national waiting pool that they will draw from as people deny their appointments.
     
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    If admissions wasn't interested in me, wouldn't they have sent a rejection letter already? Does this mean that I still have a chance of being accepted?
     
  7. flyboy

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    yes, you definitely have a chance of being accepted. and i would double check your situation at VA tech, i dont think a college can "force" you to go, no matter how many papers you have signed. but i could be wrong...
     
  8. MikiloIX

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    Last year when I applied I received a letter saying that I did not get in by mid April. However, I believe they still could have sent another letter saying otherwise if a slot opened up. They just keep going down the line until all the slots are filled. Still, if you haven't heard that you've been accepted by May 1st, I think you're better off to keep the scholarship you have rather than risk losing it over a gamble. VT is still a very respectable school, and in the end it's how well you perform, not where you go to school, that determines where you will go in life. Do you plan on attending ROTC?
     
  9. VMINROTChopeful

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    well early is relative. i went to a presentation for the VTCC and found out that though they say there are 200 scholarships, there are 250, and last year they didn't give them all out. LOL.
     
  10. Just_A_Mom

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    you won't feel like an idiot.
    The academies do make some late appointments, in May and sometimes in June.
    Obviously in the next two or so weeks you need to pay your deposits at your back up school. IF you do receive an appointment you are free to accept it. Just withdraw your enrollement and housing from your civilian school. It is not a big deal, really.
    Also, if you have a ROTC scholarship then withdraw that as well. This is not a big deal either.

    Re: ROTC scholarships - the number of scholarships ultimately avaiable is a function of funds available. I am not sure how Navy works - but with the Army toward the end of the year if some schools have not used their funds then those become freed up in the pool and other schools can pick up the money and offer more scholarships
     
  11. nick4060

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    that still doesnt really matter...since either way the deadline is still may 1st, scholarship or not. And yes i ABSOLUTELY will do AFROTC there.

    it would be hard for me to back out of a signed agreement with a school. not just the money involved, but it doesnt seem right. plus i have many family committments this summer that i will not break at the last minute. so may 1st will be my deadline. my goal was never just to go to the academy. my goal was and always has been to be an AF officer 4 years from now. so i never applied to any other academy/rotc program than AF and i will not re-apply to USAFA next year. I want to go there, but (please forgive me for using you as an example) not to the extent that flyboy does. I see college as the road i take for the next 4 years to reach my goal. They academy appeals to me more than VT, but not enough to break signed and verbal committments that i would have made after the deadline.
     
  12. MikiloIX

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    I think you have a very good, objective attitude about the AF. I was just talking with an ROTC instructor yesterday who wanted to go to the Academy but wasn't accepted. He said that after you start your career as an AF officer <i>no one</i> asks what your commissioning source was unless they're just trying to make conversation. In other words: once you're in, you're in; it doesn't matter how. And honestly, in your position I don't think it's worth an extra year to go to the Academy. There are benefits to both programs. Plus, you'll most likely hear from the Academy by May 1st, so I really don't think you have anything to worry about. Best of luck.
     
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    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    MikiloIX, it might be worth another year if you want a pilot slot. USAFA has enough slots for everyone that wants pilot to get pilot, ROTC is a bit more competative.
     
  14. nick4060

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    ive definitely heard about the pilot slot thing. sounds good but my first choice will be intel. my dad, brother, uncle are all pilots and i have my PPL- i love flying and have been around it my whole life, but i dont want to do it professionally

    regardless, ive heard intel isnt easy either. i plan on working as hard as possible to be competitive...no matter where i go to school
     
  15. flyboy

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    haha! i take that as a compliment nick4060!! and hornetguy is definitely right, there are a lot more pilot slots for USAFA than ROTC, relatively speaking of course.
     
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    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    relatively being the key word. Each source (ROTC and USAFA) have the same slots. Only difference is that USAFA is 20% of the commissioned officers each year while ROTC is about 75%
     
  17. nick4060

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    hornetguy

    i heard a story that worried me. maybe since youre there you can confirm it. i was told about a USAFA cadet who was fully FC1 medically qualified but did not apply for a rated slot. he didnt want to fly. then the word got around and he had to go speak personally with the superintendant or the com of cadets (not sure which one) to explain why he didnt want to be a pilot. the USAFA leadership apparently did not want to give up any of their allotted slots to ROTC cadets.

    i have no idea if its a true story, but ive heard it twice from different people. i thinks thats pretty bad considering that could potentially destroy an ROTC cadet's dream/hard work of being a pilot. is it really that hard to find someone at USAFA who does NOT want to fly?
     
  18. MikiloIX

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    If you're going for an intel or flight slot, I've heard that the Academy is more likely to generate one for you. However, I've also heard that there is still the good possibility of getting into either so long as you remain diligent and competitive, and from what I've read it sounds like you are both of those. I decided to stick it out and go to the Academy because I am very interested in both of those career fields, but I've talked to quite a few respectable officers who got there from ROTC, so I think it's unwise to think of one option as "better" than the other. They each have pros and cons, and it's up to you to decide which is best for you and how badly you want to achieve your goals.
     
  19. MikiloIX

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    I haven't heard this exact story before, but I have heard from a Colonel who taught at the Academy that they really push the flight option for Academy cadets, but they're not as bad about it as they used to be.
     
  20. hornetguy

    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    About half of each class does not fly. That is no longer a practice now that you heard about. People will not be prodded because they did not choose a rated slot despite pilot qualification. I can easily be PQ, but I have chosen to go into the Med Corps, thus far no one has argued me on it and many think its a great choice when they talk to me!
     

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