Discussion in 'Introductions' started by renee99, Mar 6, 2013.
What is harder to get in...Westpoint or USNA?
Most folks don't really think there is that much difference but some would say USNA by a nose. USNA seems to be a little more demanding on the scholastic side. USMA might be a bit more demanding on the physical or athletic side. They're all looking at candidates a shade differently because of their different mission/needs. And I'm sure your question and perhaps my answer will start a war here!
I would say USNA, I have been appointed to USMA but with the same resume, QNS by USNA.
I have to ask, but why does it matter? I can't see a good reason to base your decision on that unless you truly do have no preference on the service (which would be quite unusual).
If you're just curious, well why don't you kick the hornet's nest then!
I thought, based on the fact that you responded, he had!
You're so punny! I suppose I'm a seedy individual.
Hornet is correct, as usual, when he asks: "Why does it matter". And on a forum like this, MOST individuals who are inquiring about the academies, do in fact have a desire to serve their country as a commissioned military officer. But that's not everyone. I speak with at least 2 applicants a year who aren't shy about admitting, that their #1 priority is to get into the best college they can with a FREE education. And there are those that try to increase their odds in getting that "Free College Education".
When the economy isn't in the toilet, like now, and the unemployment rate isn't close to or above 8%, like now; people would be surprised at how many applicants truly want to serve their country and how many simply want the free education. In a "Normal" year, class of 2012 and before, the average number of appointments OFFERED, were between 1600-1700. They offered this many, knowing 100% that 400-500 of those appointments, (25-30%) would TURN DOWN THE APPOINTMENT. Today, with the high unemployment and cost of living, many more accept the appointment. But normally, almost a third of applicants don't have the academies as their #1 choice.
Not saying this about the original poster. They could very well simply want to serve their country, and which branch of the military, isn't important. Or, they are simply curious. But if curious, they should ask about all 5 academies. For what it's worth, if you really want to increase your odds of an academy appointment, and the branch of service isn't as important, then definitely apply to the coast guard and merchant marine academies. Not saying they are automatically easier, because they take in a much lower number of cadets, but depending on where you live, your odds can go up tremendously. For instance, the merchan marine require a nomination. In wyoming, NO ONE Applies to that academy. A nomination is a guaranty, unless you have a criminal record. Also, because we are in the plains/rocky mountains, oceans aren't too popular. Thus, very few people apply to the coast guard or the navy from here. "Compared to air force and army".
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