What would USMA like better?

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  1. 1191

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    This summer, I have to decide if I want to enlist in the Army Reserve when I turn 17, or continue to play baseball. I am a sophomore currently on JV. Next year, baring any unlikely events, I will be on varsity. Would it look better to join, or play baseball?
     
  2. America's Finest

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    I would say to keep playing baseball and do well enough to become team captain. That would look better and give you points both in the physical and leadership criterias.
     
  3. Just_A_Mom

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    1191 - pick one. Do what you want - if you are a great baseball player and enjoy it then there is no reason to give it up.
    It's not what West Point "wants" it is what you want. If you are 17 and only a rising junior, I would tell you to keep playing baseball. You have the Army ahead of you for many years.
    Enjoy high school and your sport!
     
  4. Harrison Morgan

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    something to keep in mind, hopefully you're putting the army first and west point as a means to becoming a part of that army. if you're heart is set on joining the army as soon as possible, go for the reserve (realizing the comittment) and to further your education, i'd suggest you keep going for west point.
    if you'd rather enjoy baseball this year, and wait to try to get into the army through west point your senior year go for it. i think west point doesn't have to be a factor at all in this decision either way, best of luck

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  5. RaptorDad2013

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    Keep also in mind that if you join the reserve, and your unit gets deployed, all your other plans go on hold. There is a Reserve "simultaneous member program" if I recall correctly that allows you to be in college and ROTC, but in that program you are still subject to call-up. Regardless of what one wishes to call it, we are at war and more troops will be deployed to Afghanistan. Will your reserve unit get the call? You may be eligible to join at 17 but it may affect your ability to go to West Point on your time-schedule. This is something you should check out with your MALO. I'm not trying to throw water on your dreams; just think through all your options -- and your commitments! Good luck!
     
  6. Just_A_Mom

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    RaptorDad - are you sure that those in SMP are subject to call up?

    ROTC cadets now by law are not subject to being called up. There is a program for Guard and Reserves who are in college to be exempt from call ups. It may only be available in some units but it is there in response to the number of college students who were called up out of school in the early days of the war.

    Certainly no one is getting called up while in high school. If one were called up and won an appointment then appointment takes presidence and they would be relieved of duty to go to R-Day or USMAPS.

    Definitely proceed carefully, ask questions and know what you are signing.
     
  7. SpartanShock117

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    you should go to West Point so that you can be in the Army, Not join the Army so that you can go to West Point
     
  8. Just_A_Mom

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    ^
    Why not?
     
  9. 1191

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    Thank you for everyone that has responded, and any more that do respond. To shed some light on things, no matter what, I will be joining the Army, it is just a question of when. If I am not accepted into West Point, I will go to an ROTC program, and try again the following year.
     
  10. Harrison Morgan

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    you're a good guy (gal) 1191, best of luck to you, hopefully i'm fortunate enough to see you later in the Corps!
     
  11. 1191

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    Well thank you, you seem to be a fine man (lady) yourself. Haha maybe we will cross paths, but unfortunately, we will probably never know.

    And I am indeed a male.
     

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