USMC SLCDA Summer Program

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  1. T&O'sMOM

    T&O'sMOM New Member

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    The deadline to apply for the USMC Summer Leadership and Development Academy has been extended this year to May 10th. This is a summer program similar to NASS in Quantico, VA for rising Juniors and Seniors in high school considering becoming a Marine Officer. My son attended in its inception year and had a great time. I highly recommend it and just wanted to spread the word again.

    https://www.facebook.com/MarinesSLCDA?fref=ts
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    One of my candidates participated and it cemented his/her desire to attend USNA and become a USMC officer. [The candidate received an appointment -- but can't say whether or not this program had any impact.]
     
  3. T&O'sMOM

    T&O'sMOM New Member

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    Well, if it cemented his/her desire, then it must've had some impact? Who knows….just thought I'd share the program information for those who may be interested. My son went and had a great time.
     
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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Sorry, meant to say not sure whether it had any impact on whether the candidate received an appointment but certainly on the candidate's desire to attend USNA! Also said it was a terrific program.
     
  5. T&O'sMOM

    T&O'sMOM New Member

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    Agreed! I think as the years go by, it will get bigger and better and will be more well known. I know last time I posted this it was confusing to some parents on this forum because it falls under recruiting command and the word "recruiting" is scary, especially to someone not affiliated with the military. I explained that officers are recruited as well. They see it and think little Johnny is going to a camp to enlist, so I think getting the word out is important. The USMC is using a lot of resources for this camp and I'd hate to see it go away.

    My son attended the first year and less than 50 students attended because it was still in the testing phase. I think if your child wants to go to USNA, boosting the resume' is important and this is great camp because you can do this your rising Junior year and NASS your rising Senior year.

    Thanks for your positive response. I think the more of us who know about the camp can disspell any misconceptions about this opportunity.
     
  6. USMCGrunt

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    I have no firsthand knowledge and only learned of the program on this forum. But in reading participant reviews and looking at the details, it looks like a great experience.
     
  7. navymomwannabe

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    I agree. Looks like a good program. It conflicts this year with my daughter's mission trip (rising junior) but we will check it out next year for sure.
     
  8. USMCGrunt

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    Navymomwannabe: check the ages. For some reason I think it was rising sophomores and juniors only.
     
  9. navymomwannabe

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    USMCGrunt, you need to be 16 by July of this year. It is for rising juniors and seniors....I made sure. ;)
     
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    Perfect. I should have checked the facts. Glad you did.
     
  11. USMAROTCFamily

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    This program looked great! My DS applied last year and hoped to be selected, but was not. It must be very selective due to it's small size. DS was accepted to NASS, SLE and SS. He had a LOA for USNA this year, even. I've heard nothing but great reviews of this program.
     
  12. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    As noted above, I would not do this to "boost your resume" as I've seen no evidence that this helps more than anything else you would do. Look into the program and, if it seems like something you would enjoy doing, then do it. There really is no "right" or "wrong" thing to do over the summer provided you are doing something productive. Camps, jobs, internships, summer seminar programs, sports -- they all count.
     

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