USNA Admissions Advice

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  1. navygal1776

    navygal1776 New Member

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    Hello! I'm currently a senior in high school and would like to obtain a nomination for USNA this coming year. I applied for nominations from a congressman and two senators in the fall but I did not receive any. The main thing I have to improve is my SAT scores and some grades. I have recently been accepted to Valley Forge Military College for their service academy prep program and am waiting to hear back from a few other military junior colleges. I thought attending a military junior college would be great, except it is very costly and I would be going in as a self sponsored prep student. Another option I have considered is enlisting in the Navy Reserve and taking college classes locally/online in order to save money, improve my grades, and get experience in the U.S. Navy. I am also a Taekwondo athlete and this would allow me to stay local and continue to compete with the martial arts academy that I currently train at. Does anyone know which option would be best in order to gain a nomination and get appointed to USNA?
     
  2. shipmasterpete

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    Honestly, there's no "secret formula" to any of this. In fact, it's some weird combo of academics, qualitative factors, academic rigor/course load (math, science, English, foreign language are incredibly important), essays and personal statements, nominations, self-motivation, physical fitness, your birth order and the interstellar alignment of distant planets. No one really knows how decisions go down in that room. I wish I did. Truth is, you need to excel at whatever you choose to do moving forward, stay motivated, and never give up. There are no guarantees in gaining an appointment so find a school that works for you mentally, physically, economically and you'll be much happier in the long run.
     
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  3. Spud

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    The above is very true but for a second run on an appointment you have to approach it as a military operation and strengthen your weak spots and enhance your strengths. There are two areas to attack: the nomination and the Academy evaluation (i.e. were you 3Q'ed?). For the nomination, I'd call the head of the staff of each congressperson whom you interviewed with. I would thank them for the opportunity to interview and express your desire to apply again next year and ask what could you do to become a stronger candidate. I'd call your Academy RD and your BGO and ask the same question. If you were not 3Q'ed especially try to find out where you fell short in the competition. With this operational Intel you can plan your upcoming year to eliminate your weaknesses and enhance your strengths.

    While a good prep school is a good move, remember it is your performance in class that is what counts, not the place you go. The Academy clearly states that for a second application a candidate should go to a 4 year college and take courses that mimic Plebe year. They want to see how you handle Plebe courses with no military pressure. If you need academic prepping, that is what this summer is for. Plan on an English writing course as you must show a level of sophistication and maturity in your essay and interview that makes you stand out from the garden-variety high schooler. Needless to say, "C's" are unacceptable and "A's" and "B's" make the admissions board sit up and take notice. If money is a factor, have you not applied for NROTC? and if not, why not? Even as a non-scholarship Midshipman the unit will give you experiences that you can point to in essays and your next interview. Stay fit in intramurals or some sort of physical sports, ace the CFA, and find an extracurricular activity you like that you can show some leadership in, if not NROTC. Remember this all takes place your very first semester at school. You do not have the luxury of the "college experience" of parties, booze, sleeping in, skipping classes, hacky sack on the Quad and getting F's on your first tests (ah, English...). You need to hit college like a laser from day one. If this all sounds overwhelming, it is no different than Plebe year.

    The one thing NOT to do is enlist in either the Reserves or Active Duty. In order to be an officer you must have a college degree and enlisting does not get you that and, in fact, slows you down and makes your chances a lot harder for no reason. Even the Reserves will eat up your time unnecessarily---you cannot afford one weekend a month away from your studies. There are numerous threads here on this very subject. Good luck to you as you can do it-----just like the hundreds of college students who get appointed every year.
     
  4. swrakow

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    Another option for you to prove your academic worth is to enlist for the Navy nuke power program. The academics are very tough. I disagree with Spud about enlisting as an option. If money is really tight, then by all means - enlist and go active duty, not reserves. You can save money, mature, and you get the GI Bill to go to school down the road. I do agree with Spud that either active or reserve, you won't have a lot of time to study or seek college courses while serving. You can also seek various other opportunities to obtain a commission than a SA. And you can apply to USNA next year from the Fleet - and that opens up other nomination options. One of my plebe year company mates was a nuke then got sent to NAPS before coming to Navy. If you do not enlist, then go to a four year college and take courses similar to plebe year (as other posters have mentioned throughout this forum). Good luck.
     
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  5. time2

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    It is way too late for a NOM for this year's cycle. You need to submit your application by the deadlines noted on the MOC's website or you won't be considered. Those tend to be before yearend. The USNA website lists the typical profile of candidates who are accepted to get a sense of how you compare. You need to consider if your goal is attending USNA or military service. ROTC is often a Plan B option for many.

    There are several other threads about the topic of enlisting which is NOT the recommended path to USNA.
     
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