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  1. bamom

    bamom New Member

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    Son has appointments to both USAFA and USNA. He is favoring AFA, basically for flight opportunities. He still has desire for USNA, but has been told flight chances are much less. Wondering if he should schedule another visit to Annapolis or just let him go with AFA based on what he has heard. Any advise?
     
  2. MM3 Kim

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    well I would tell u to go visit the USNA. I am from colorado personally and, while your son will have a good chance of going Pilot from AFA, Navy Pilots are the best in the world, they are the only pilots in the WORLD that are qualififed to land on an Aircraft Carrier both Day and Night in ALL weather conditions. While Air Force Pilots are extremely well trained You need nerves of steel to land on a little floatin island and night in a snow storm. If your son wasnts to be the best I would strongly consider the USNA. But then again I kinda am biased since im already a 3rd Class petty Officer in the Navy :biggrin:
     
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    It might even depends if he wants a landing strip on the land or on the sea. One stays in place; the other doesn't. . .
     
  4. cfam386

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    I can't speak for the AFA, but here at USNA we had 344 out of about 1000 get flight school spots this year. Your son won't be competing with the entire 1000, because many people will put something besides pilot/naval flight officer as their first choice.
    Tell him to look at it this way. If something happened during his academy career that precluded him from going pilot, what else would he consider doing? Keep in mind that he'll have to pick something else if he's disqualified for pilot, as the Air Force/Navy won't simply release him from his commitment. In my humble (and slightly biased) opinion, USNA offers a much wider variety of options. (marines, surface, submarines, etc..)
    In fact, if you polled my class coming in, the vast majority would have told you they wanted to go pilot. Fast foward four years, and you see that many chose other career paths, because they had some experience here that made them want to go in a different direction.
    Finally, have him read this. It sums up why he should choose naval aviation over air force aviation.
    Fly Navy!

     
  5. heartcross

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    I'd have him visit both if possible, but definitely USNA if you can only do one. My dd had apointments to both, did summer seminars at both, and going in, thought AFA was at the top. Well, that changed around after summer seminar... She did a CVW to USNA and had one planned to AFA, but after the CVW to USNA, she cancelled the extra trip to AFA and signed her Navy papers. The reason? The wider range of opportunities at USNA. There are times that I wish she was closer, (we're only 3 hours away from AFA) like today as we put her back on the plane to Annapolis. But, she's where she should be...

    Blessings on your decision--you have two great choices!
     

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