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  1. Bear

    Bear Member

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    If you did not get an appointment to USCGA, and you still have an enormous desire to attend then consider a self prep program: http://www.nmmi.edu/prep/selfprep.htm

    Once you’re in the Academy it does not matter how you got there. Everyone starts off as a SWAB.
     
  2. Goat2015mom

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    Mainly for Athletes?

    Are these prep schools primarily used for recruited athletes? If not, does anyone know what the odds are on receiving an appointment if you self-prep as opposed to being a scholarship recipient? The website mentions that an estimated 40% go on to receive appointment, just wondering how many of those are scholars/self prep.
     
  3. Bear

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    NMMI Self Prep

    There are a lot of athletes who go to NMMI sponsored by one of the Academies. In fact, Roger Staubach, Hall of Fame passer for the Dallas Cowboys from 1969 until 1979, was sponsored by the Naval Academy.

    There is also another group of students who self prep with the desire to attend one of the academies. I don't know the odds, but it appears very favorable for those who completed the program. Both groups come together at NMMI and work hard to support one another. They are rooming together as well.

    NMMI is not summer camp nor is it a typical college experience. In fact a lot of the USCGA cadets will tell you the academics are harder at NMMI than the USCGA. It truly prepares a student for the academies both academically and physically. Plus the introduction into a military lifestyle is a good reality check. There are those who leave the program mid-year and return home when it gets too challenging.

    The USCGA has a full time staff member on site at NMMI to oversee every step a prep makes. If you are interested in learning more, call NMMI and ask to speak with the current USCG officer. This officer's job is to ensure the preps are successful, so ask as many questions as you have... You can also ask if he can share a name of a cadet that would be willing to speak about the self prep program further.

    BTW - USCGA is the only academy with an officer at NMMI, which speaks volumes about the Coast Guard's commitment to the program.
     
  4. Luigi59

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    The USCGA uses TWO prep schools for their CGA Scholars program.

    One is New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) in Roswell, NM.

    The other is Marion Military Institute (MMI) in Marion, AL.

    A candidate who is attempting to "self-prep" for USCGA would be wise to check out both schools and their success rates (appointments) for non-sponsored USCGA candidates.
     
  5. bozrah0307

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    This Year's Numbers

    Maybe one of the members on this forum, JWSchultz, could fill us in on this year's NMMI self preps? He is a USCGA 2014 Appointee :thumb:, congratulations!!

    JW, how many self preps were there this year, and were they successful in receiving appointments to USCGA? Or any other SA's?
     
  6. JWSchultz

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    I'll jump in real quick as I am currently a "self prep" at NMMI and I have received my appointment to USCGA for the class of 2014.

    The 40% that NMMI quotes on the website applies only to self preps and for all the academies. The sponsored cadets, both from CGAS and the other academies have a much higher acceptance rate.

    Self Preps and sponsored preps at NMMI and I believe MMI do interact together. My roommate is a sponsored Coastie and we all have the same classes and PT together.

    To add a correction to Bear's statement on the officer, there is no Coast Guard officer on site at NMMI but there is a Coast Guard Chief here. He is in charge of all the Sponsored preps both here and at MMI and he has helped me with lots of my questions. I think the reason he stays at NMMI is because there are more sponsored preps here then there are at MMI.

    If you want to talk to someone at NMMI about the self prep program, the prep advisor would probably be the place to start because the Coast Guard Chief is responsible for the sponsored preps, not the self preps.


    I agree with Luigi. Plus there are many other ways to self prep than just coming to the military prep schools. I know on another thread many people are talking about the Maritime Academies because you can also commission to to the CG through OCS after you graduate in case things don't work out with the academy. You can also go the state or community college route and reapply as Shellz's son and others have successfully done.

    The most important thing if you reapply is to take a full class load with classes that reflect Swab level classes and do well in them, try to get involved in community service and other extracurricular activities and sports, and jump at any leadership opportunities you can.

    There were 4 self preps that I know of at NMMI that applied to USCGA and 3 of us earned appointments. As for the other academies, I know of at least one person that eared an appointment to each academy but I don't know how many people at NMMI actually applied. I would think it is close to the 40 percent that NMMI advertises but Im not sure if that estimate includes athletes and other cadets that decide to apply after being here awhile or any of the high school kids that apply also.

    Let me know or PM me if you all have any other questions.:wink:
     
  7. bozrah0307

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    Thanks, JW!!

    Being a self prep is an option that appeals to my son, who is on the wait list with many, many worthy candidates. Looks like this year it will be especially tough to move from one list to the other. I like the idea of having the support system and the common goal at NMMI, and to have that extra year of maturity.

    If I may ask, what extracurriculars were you involved in? Are there community service opportunities off campus?
     
  8. JWSchultz

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    I too liked the idea of being surrounded by people with the same goal. It definitely helps me to stay focused. I also liked the idea of moving away from home (I'm from Atlanta GA) and getting a fresh start.

    As far as extracurricular, the nice thing about a military school is that it's kind of an all inclusive deal. There are many Corps activities outside of classes that everyone participates in and lots of leadership positions to be earned.

    There are a couple of community services opportunities here such as Big Brothers Big Sisters plus a group that goes and reads stories to the local elementary school kids. You can also start your own programs and clubs if there is something you want to do that isn't in place already.

    I started last semester with getting involved with Big Brother Big Sister. This semester I am in Phi Theta Kappa junior college honors society. Further more because of my grades and Corps performance I was able to jump into leadership positions faster than many of my piers and I am now a squad leader in charge of about 10 other cadets.

    Because of all the Corps activities and academics, there is not really a lot of time to get involved with too many activities or clubs. You can do some however and I think Coast Guard understands that.
     

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