USMA Letter of Assurance experience

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  1. proudpop2

    proudpop2 New Member

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    Dreams coming true...

    My DS has dreamed of going to West Point for longer than he cares to admit to me. He also has the fortune of being a highly recruited athlete who has a 33 ACT so he has the true privilege to have his choice of schools from many of the top academic and athletic universities in the country. But as those of you on this forum know, many outstanding kids are still motivated by much more than going to a top party or athletic school and want "something more". My son-I am proud to say- is one of those whose "something more" is West Point. He attended the Summer Seminar a couple of months ago and that cemented his ambition to be there. He wants something more challenging and West Point proved to be it

    Anyway, we are on vacation this week in Florida where it has been raining non-stop and is fore-casted to continue our entire vacation. My wife and I were just discussing how that is just our luck this morning when my son came flying out of his room while almost running thru a wall. While waking up he checked his emails, and there was a congratulatory note from a West Point coach notifying him that an LOA was in his mail! That is actually a few months earlier than anticipated if he received one.

    After the news of the LOA it can rain cats and dogs and it won't dampen the mood my son is in. I realize LOAs aren't common and neither is acceptance to West Point so we really do appreciate the opportunity that is in front of him and the opportunity that many other young men and women will also have coming their way. Obviously, there is more work to do to finish the acceptance and then I guess his hard work really begins. I guess I'm sharing this because a year ago when this process really started I read many of the threads on "what are my chances?" and seeing the incredible caliber of some of the kids who were wanting to attend a service academy with stellar resumes and some of whom did not gain acceptance makes everyone a little less than sure of their chances of admission.

    Even with all of the long odds and seemingly endless application work there are kids-like mine- whose dream will get closer and closer over these next several months. And from what I witnessed this morning the long wait and hard work will be worth every second of it.
     
  2. raft11

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    Congratulations!
     
  3. AlphaBumchang

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    Congrats to your son! I'm a USMA 2021 candidate too and hopefully I'll get to meet him at Beast. If I can ask, what sport did he get recruited in?
     
  4. buff81

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    Mighty impressive!
    Congratulations to your son (and his parents :))
     
  5. CA_hopefulmom

    CA_hopefulmom Member

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    That is awesome!! Congratulations to your son and you too!
     
  6. Padre101

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    Wow, excellent news. GO ARMY!!!
     
  7. proudpop2

    proudpop2 New Member

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    track
     
  8. brovol

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    Fantastic! Enjoy the moment. As a parent of a West Point New Cadet (A-Day Saturday), I can tell you it is incredible to be part of the WP family. Congratulations.
     
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    Congrats and you should both be very proud. I would caution however that the LOA is conditioned on qualifying and to make sure you keep a back-up plan as I know of a boy in my DS class who had an LOA in hand and did not qualify due to Medical. Coach requested a waiver and they went through the appeal process and he was eventually denied. WP does not control the medical evaluation. As soon as you are prompted to complete medical exam make it a priority as it will give you more time to appeal if there is a problem. On a positive note, getting an LOA takes a lot of that stress away knowing your DS is WP material.
     
  10. tug_boat

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    Congrats!! Now complete your file......

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
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  11. jage3

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    DD received an LOA last week. We were all surprised because reading these forums we thought LOAs were reserved for the athletes or those with sky high SATs. Like many applying, DD has lots of activities. Good leadership, 3 sport varsity athlete, and top 4% of class. Has 'average' SATs and is not a recruited athlete. We are all humbled yet excited.
     
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  12. tex2021

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    Congrats to your DD for this LOA this early.
     
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  13. tex2021

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    May I ask what state/district your DD represents ?
     
  14. brovol

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    As a father who experienced the same stuff last year, and who's son is now a West Point Plebe, I can say that you should focus on enjoying spending any time you can with your son between now and R-day (assuming he accepts an appointment and goes to WP). Although I knew the reality that my son was going away, and contact would be far more limited than if he went to a traditional school, it hits very hard on R-day and beyond.

    Trust me, I'm not intending to burst the bubble. While you are missing your son you will have more than just enormous pride and happiness for him. I am very glad my son is at West Point, and he is too. All I am saying is to take every chance to be with him and spend quality time with him.

    It's a great thing getting an appointment, and a LOA is the virtual golden ticket. Congratulations! It's a big deal.
     
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  15. Kicker2021

    Kicker2021 Isaiah 6:8 - Who will go? Send me!

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    That is fantastic! Congrats!!! So very happy for your DD and your entire family!!!
     
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    That is great news!! Now start working hard to solidify a NOM.

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
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  17. lumpcrab

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    Congratulations to both the DS and the DD!
     
  18. mom3boys

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    That's fantastic!! Get the rest of the application done pronto, just in case medical takes longer than anticipated or hits an unexpected glitch.
     
  19. Sam2018

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    DS got an LOA today! He is so excited. Happy, happy day!!!
     
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    How much of the application do I need to have submitted to get an LOA?
     

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