What are my chances?

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  1. MattP

    MattP Member

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    Hello,
    I have known I wanted to be in the military for as long as I can remember. From about middle school I have wanted to attend a service academy, and the one that was always on my mind was the Naval Academy. But, high school has not went the way I dreamed it would, it has been good, but probably not service academy good. So I have been looking at the ROTC scholarships, and I think they might be my only hope of fufilling my dream. I talked to the Marine Recruiter last year, and he said the Marines do not care about major (even though its part of NROTC) which is good because I want to be a history major. I will apply for both Marine Option NROTC, and Army ROTC. I am currently a Junior, taking the SAT for the first time in January. I know the SAT is a big part of acceptance, but here are my stats other than the SAT/ACT.

    Grades: Currently 27/278 in my class (Top 10%) GPA: Currently 4.25 wighted and my guess it will be a 4.5 after this year. I am an A and B student. All of my academic classes have all been Honors or AP Classes.

    Extra Curricular: Beta Club, Youth Group, Adventure Club, Job at Burger King Sophomore Summer, Job at Local supermarket currently, Odyssey of the Mind Sophomore year (Regional Champions), 25+ Hours community service at local foodbank, Play guitar + take lessons since freshman year

    Extra Curricular that includes Leadership Potential: NJROTC since freshman year; I am an NJROTC Leadership Academy Graduate. Venture Crew Member/Vice President of Programs (Its an adventure part of Boy Scouts)

    Sports Wise: This is where I really fall short. I played JV Soccer and ran JV track sophomore year, but falled to make the Varsity Team this year. I am also working so much now I do not think I will quit to run track. Should I even include any of this sport info on the application?

    Well, thanks for reading this and please give me your thoughts on my chances. Also, if you are/were in ROTC please tell me how I stack up against you! Thanks guys!
     
  2. dunninla

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    Your grades are fine, great in fact. Stay in the top 10%... that is an important milestone for both ROTC boards and admissions committees at top 100 schools.

    SAT is an unknown, but the math portion is the more important of the two.l

    Your sports, it is true, are weak. What can you do to domonstrate the three things that competitive team sports demonstrate: 1) group leadership, 2) competitive fire, 3) overall fitness and coordination?

    Working is a big plus, it shows maturity and CAN show leadership if anybody has worked under your supervision.

    You look strong to me for both NROTC-Marine Option, and AROTC.
     
  3. MattP

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    Thank you! Does anyone else have aby thoughts?
     
  4. CL1VE

    CL1VE 4/C MIDN

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    The lack of sports might hurt a little but dunninla is right as long as you show leadership in other areas you will be okay. Also, because you do not play sports make sure you are working out on your own because to even apply for the NROTC Marine Option scholarship you have to run a PFT which is pull ups, crunches, and a 3 mile run. This is a huge part of it, at least I think it was for me, and it can really help you out. Other than that you look alright, and don't put a ton of stress on the SAT because it's only one part of the whole equation. Good luck :thumb:
     
  5. MattP

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    Does anyone else have any feedback? I would also like to add that I am very much in shape even with my lack of sports. As for sports being necissary for showing leadership capabilities I believe my experience with njrotc shows that (I am a graduate of leadership academy) and it also shows my physical fitness. I max out the 65 pushups and 100 situps and my run tine for the1.5 mile is always below 10 min. Hope this helps with everyones thoughts
     
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    No matter what always apply for every thing you can. Definatly apply to USNA if it is a dream of yours. You never know.....:thumb:
     
  7. elds

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    My BGO told me that even though my school doesn't offer many sports, that I should devise a personal fitness regime and give that to the admissions board as a "sport" its just important that you can show that you are in good shape-- the admissions board wont expect you to do things when there are no opportunities to... for example if your school doesn't offer AP they wont expect to see AP classes on your transcript.
    Good Luck! and GO NAVY!
     
  8. Jcleppe

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    Here is one tip we were told by the PMS my son interviewd with. Do not do the Presidential Fitness Test, do the official Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) workout and be in the best shape you can when you take it. Pass the test as high as you can. He told us that during the selection process the board, that is made up by PMS's, don't put much stock in PFT. If you can pass the APFT they know that you will be able to contract right away. I have one son that has just been awarded a scholarship and one that is in his 3rd year. My older son has told us that many new cadets that had glowing PFT could not pass the APFT because of the strict form requirements for both push ups and sit ups. Those that had 60 and 70 pushups in the pFT could not even do 35 of the Army regulation pushups. Since you are a bit lacking in organized sports this will go a long way to helping you in the athletic protion of the application. Good luck.
     

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