USMC & NAPS reporting conflict

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  1. NAPSDAD

    NAPSDAD Parent

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    While going through the Naval Academy admissions process, my son also enlisted in the Marines (thats what he always wanted to be and has been working out with them the past year.)
    Here is the situation:
    He is supposed to report for the Marines on July 6th.
    Also he has been accepted into NAPS and has a July 28th
    I-Day.
    He wants to go to NAPS, so how does he handle the Marines commitment.
     
  2. kaullman

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    Talk to USMC Recruiter

    I'd advise your son to speak with his USMC recruiter soonest.

    It is possible that the particular recruiter your son deals with might be unfamiliar with this situation, but someone in the recruiting chain of command can figure this out to the benefit of both your son and the USMC.

    Your son should be persistent, as some recruiters may not realize the value of NAPS to the USMC later. Your son should be polite and firm in his resolve to attend USNA as a potential USMC 2LT.
     
  3. NorthernCalMother

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    I second the recommendation that your son prepare to be persistent. When my son had to perform some pre-NAPS step w/ a USMC recruiting office (I forget what it was now!) he had a difficult time finding anyone familiar w/ NAPS. We're talking just a couple hundred people/yr in the whole country -- the local USMC folks had never heard of NAPS.

    Good luck to your son.
     
  4. NavyMom2008

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    Yes, I totally agree with NCM quoted above. From my own experience, my daughter and I were fortunate that the local office we visited had a few who were familiar in that one had actually been the USMC officer at the Academy! However, that being said, the person who handle the paperwork for my daughter was not very familiar but he did a fine job. Just be prepared to be there for a while!:biggrin:

    ps looks like our sons will be in the same NAPS class. Where did you find the I-Day date? Do you know when the Parents Weekend is? Thanks.
     
  5. Capt MJ

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    Enlisted report date vs. NAPSk

    NAPSDAD, Keep the faith, be persistent and patient, and it can be done.

    We had a sponsor son who had a report date for an Army enlistment, but in the meantime, the Navy track coaches had heard of him, so they pursued a NAPS slot and blue chip athlete USNA appointment. It all worked out, he was whisked away into the Land of Blue and Gold and the Army track coaches lived to regret the day they didn't know about him ...

    Perhaps there is a Marine officer in the USNA Admissions Office who can run interference? Enlisted recruiting -- all those offices in strip malls around the country -- usually don't have much to do with officer recruiting, which is done more centrally. Makes sense, since most officers come from an SA, ROTC, enlisted-to-officer programs and through other circuits.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
     
  6. Luigi59

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    Doesn't the NAPS appointment take precedent over the enlistment contract?

    Rather than talk to a USMC recruiter, I would have him talk to the USNA Admissions people for help.
     
  7. Maximus

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    I'm going to be devils advocate, I doubt you'll be able to change their mind about the DEP Marine Corps commitment because, what will he do after NASS? Wait for an answer of Appointment? JMHO
     
  8. Mom1315

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    He has a NAPS appointment, that is the Naval Academy Prep School. He is sponsored by the Academy which pretty much assures him an appointment to the class of 2014 if he keeps his nose clean and graduates from NAPS...
     
  9. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    I think the best situation is to have your son call USNA Admissions (speak to counselor) and ask them what to do.
    I'm sure they will provide your son with an answer or know where to get it.

    Then when your son talks to the recruiter, he can provide them a point of contact (email/phone number) if the recruiting office has any questions. Having references makes things easier and will make the job of the recruiter easier to understand what is going on!
     
  10. oldgrad

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    Agree with calling Admissions. I think they have a NAPS rep on staff who has probably seen this before and knows exactly which wheels to grease. Absolutely nothing to worry about.
     
  11. jbrown

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    Local recruiter won't know much about NAPS. His OIC might, and probably will. He should talk to the local recruiter to inform him that he was also applying for a route into the Officer Corps, and that it worked out. And he should ask for a meeting with the recruiter and the OIC.

    Get their names and contact info.

    Then call USNA, talk to the counselors and give them all of the info, including the recruiters info and his OIC's info.

    You can also contact the "recruiters" for officers in your area and enlist help from them. It's not called the recruiting station, it's called the Officer Candidate Selection Station. You can use this link to find the Selection Station nearest you. http://www.marineofficer.com/page/Officer-Request-More-Information.jsp

    Call everyone, get info from everyone and get everyone talking so they are all on the same page.

    Which one has the earliest reporting date? Make sure he doesn't miss it.
     
  12. jbrown

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    Also, has his recruiter taken him to the MEPS station yet and has he taken his oath?

    If not, it's probably not too late to pull out if the above doesn't work out. But I'm sure it will.

    They Marines are not going to want a potential officer serving as an enlisted if they can help it. They just have to understand the situation, so get them all talking.
     
  13. Just_A_Mom

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    I am not clear on where the concern is.
    I didn't think he was actually "committed" until he got on the bus. I am pretty sure he just needs to tell the MC that he won't be going.

    His NAPS appointment overrides any other enlisted obligations. If he is going to NAPS he should not report for basic training.
     
  14. HuskiesMama

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    If he signed a paper, he is committed. I think the USMC would want an officer if they can get it, but if he signed on a dotted line, he better not "just tell them" that he's not coming. He doesn't need an AWOL at this stage of his career.
     
  15. Fernando

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    I enlisted in the Marine Corps over the summer. My recruiter did know
    that I was seeking an appointment though. So he knew that an appointment
    to NAPS or USNA would void the enlistment contract. What I'm saying is that don't worry AT ALL, you will have no problem going to NAPS just let them know that. I've already been discharged from the enlisted route.

    BTW: Enlistment contracts are completely voluntary, meaning up until you get on the bus to boot camp, you can get out whenever you want. They don't really tell you this, especially you recruits who are still kinda unsure after they enlist.
     

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