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    Change on Status

    Texas Dad, I do not doubt those stats, but that year according to our ALO was unusual. The Academy normally admits about 1200 students. In the year you cite, the Supt. was allowed to surge this class for a specific reason - something about the number of people accepting pilot slots were down...
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    ROTC - 1st year.

    Gotcha. It's nice to know that if my son decides that he is not getting his fair share of abuse, the service academies are still an option. Q: Once my son is in NROTC, his commander(s) becomes his sole nomination source for all of the academies not just USNA, correct? Thanks -FoF
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    ROTC - 1st year.

    Thanks for the answer. I will definitely check it out. What a shame! The kid could have transferred to another ROTC school and kept his scholarship. Unlike most scholarships, ROTC scholarships follow the student, not the school. The kid could have applied to another ROTC school and continued...
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    ROTC - 1st year.

    My son received a 4 year NROTC scholarship to his 1st choice of schools. The school has not yet accepted him, but according to the NROTC officer on campus, his test scores put him in well above the doubtful threshold. Since he didn't submit his application until the day before the deadline he...
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    Change on Status

    Congrats! :thumb: Just curious, what does your status say right now on the AFA website? -FoF
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    Candidate Visits

    The check hasn't cleared yet! I haven't been to any other academy, but I have seen photos of my son's trip to the USNA and what it lacks in acreage it makes up for in beauty. Maybe the AFA is for high school students who failed art appreciation. Ok, Ok, enough piling on - I'm just kidding...
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    Candidate Visits

    Thanks for the all the advice. My thoughts on the visit. Parents were escorted by a female 2nd Lt. who had just graduated last May. She was very genuine and talked with great candor about the academic challenges she faced as a cadet as well as a number of other things. I couldn't help but...
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    Computer Security added to AF mission.

    In the movie Terminator 3, it was an Air Force officer who gave the command to activate SKYNET - the computer network that becomes self aware and decides that humans are the enemy and launches the nukes to destroy mankind. Maybe my son, could be that guy that stops him! :thumb:
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    Computer Security added to AF mission.

    As I understand it, the Air Force has been given the responsibility to secure and defend computer networks for all 3 branches of the military. Since my son is not currently pilot qualified (eyesight) and may not ever be, he is interested in this as a career option (among others). Can...
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    Candidate Visits

    My son will be at the Academy this Friday (2/23) for the cadet escorted tour. Does anyone out there have any recommendations for him? He is trying to set up an appointment to see his admission's counselor for a brief meeting but he has not responded to snail mail, so the son has attempted to...
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    Just when you thought people couldn't possibly get more stupid...

    I agree with this advice and have given it to my kids. Also, if asked a question: "Do you know how fast you were going? " is a trap. Anything you say can and will be used against you. The best response is the "speed limit". You could just say. "I wish to remain silent." but that might piss...
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    Disaster Interview.

    The short answer is: In 1979 the law was changed to only allow MOC nominations that come from your congressional district. The academies do perform some type of checking on this - just in case an out of district nomination is submitted anyway. Could an out of district nomination slip by and not...
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    Disaster Interview.

    My son's gut feel was right, he struck out and did not receive a nomination. His dream of attending the Naval Academy is over - at least for this year. Although he could shift blame about the process (i.e. the congressman had two panels for USNA, you either got one panel or the other but not...
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    MidTerm Reports

    My son has turned in his best semester grades ever. Finally straight A's and 4 AP courses to boot. Q: Is there a special form that my son is supposed to give to the Guidance Counselor of his high school? Q: Or does the academy expect the High School to just use whatever form they use for...
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    To improve chances...

    Dirty Baby Thanks, I think this is the best picture I will ever take. The uncropped photo is even better - check out the plastic pants. http://www.swapboard.com/henry.jpg This is my #2 son Henry, the soccer nut. Yes, he is eating dirt. It's loads of fun to embarrass him with this photo.
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