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  • There's a problem that might prevent my friend's brother from applying to the AFA. He applied to the USNA as his first and AFA as his secondary nomination, but he can't do a long jump! He also says that the AFA aft/pft is much much worse than the USNA prt (which doesn't have pull ups, long jump or 600 yd sprint). He's also saying that he'll flunk out of BCT because of the altitude. Any help?
    flieger83
    flieger83
    The only way to become better at physical fitness challenges is to pursue them daily: workout at a gym, at home, run, do pushups and situps, practice long jumping, etc. As for what the USNA PRT has on it, simply look on their website and work on the items listed:
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    b. PRT Standards (Minimum Passing Score)
    1) Curl-ups (2 -minutes) : 65 (Male/Female)
    2) Push-ups (2-minutes): 45 (Male) I 20 (Female)
    3) 1.5-mile Run: 10:30 (Male) I 12 :40 (Female)

    If someone can't meet those standards (they're fairly simple for a healthy young male/female) then it's time to put down the X-Box controls, and time to get physical.
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    #academyhopeful
    His 1 1/2 mile is 12:00. He needs to get to work. He also did a mock cfa and his mile time was 7:50. Yikes
    I was trying to ask you whether the USNA or AFA was harder strictly in terms of physical rigors, not academic.
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    #academyhopeful
    Also, KPEngineer said that KP puts little emphasis on PRTs. Is this true?
    flieger83
    flieger83
    Not mine to say; he'd know best.
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    #academyhopeful
    There's a problem that might prevent my friend's brother from applying to the AFA. He applied to the USNA as his first and AFA as his secondary nomination, but he can't do a long jump! He also says that the AFA aft/pft is much much worse than the USNA prt (which doesn't have pull ups, long jump or 600 yd sprint). He's also saying that he'll flunk out of BCT because of the altitude. Any help?
    Hello. I inquired about my friends brother's chances at USNA around a month ago, but now he's asking me whether the AFA, Annapolis or the CGA is the hardest physically (mainly NA vs. AFA).
    flieger83
    flieger83
    Ahh...the "which is harder" question. It's asked every year and the answer is pretty much the same: each year it changes. "Typically," the ranking for "most difficult" which means:
    a. Hardest to get an appointment
    b. Toughest academically
    c. Toughest physically
    it has come out like this, for many years:
    (see the second post)
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    flieger83
    1. USAFA or USNA, it really depends on the year, they swap a lot
    3. USMA (harder physically than the others)
    4. USCGA (tough competition to get an appointment)
    5. USMMA (easiest to get an appointment BUT BUT BUT probably the toughest to survive academically)
    As I said...that's a personal observation based upon a lot of years of being an ALO and knowing a lot of appointees to all five academies.
    Sir, I am having great difficulty getting Navy Personnel Command to recognize that the DIEMS for service academy grads is the date we entered the service academy and not the date we graduated. Can you tell me where to find this in Title 10 USC?
    flieger83
    flieger83
    Ouch...that's a toughie...here's what you'll find in Title 10: service as a cadet/midshipman does NOT count for military retirement, but can be counted as military service in certain cases (you go to work for the post office or another government service agency). The DIEMS may or may not be the same across the services.
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    usna81P-3pilot
    This information is on the website https://militarypay.defense.gov/ Click "Pay" then scroll to the bottom of the drop-down menu and click "retirement". Then scroll to the section titled "Retired Pay Base. I just cannot find the reference document.
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    usna81P-3pilot
    Look at the section titled "Retired Pay Base"
    DS is fairly far in both USNA and USAFA processes. This CFA was submitted to USNA because they allow for multiple submissions (i.e. they will take an improved score if you want to keep improving). Upon request by the candidate, they will share your CFA with the other SA. Our understanding is USAFA only allows one submission (or maybe a second chance if they want you). It was a formal CFA.
    Did CFA recently with the following:
    BB - 73
    Pullups - 12
    Shuttle - 8.6
    Situps - 95
    Pushups - 65
    Mile - 7:07 (best time is 6:35)
    Are the scores above worth submitting to the Air Force Academy? If you do it all again and get worse in other categories but a better mile time how do you decide which score to submit?
    flieger83
    flieger83
    They're not bad!

    Okay, so here's the critical question: who did you do this for? Just you and a coach, or for one of the SA's? I ask because USAFA won't ask for your scores until you're fairly far in the process. Who you did this for will help shape my answer.
    How important are recent standardized test scores on a LEAD Application? I last took them in 2016 (ACT eng-26, math- 28, read- 31, sci- 31) but decided to apply a little too late to retake confidently. I’m debating between applying this year and waiting until next year to put together a more complete package, but would appreciate ALO feedback.
    flieger83
    flieger83
    Hi!
    The LEAD program "normally" sends airmen to the prep school to get them "back in the academic realm" realizing they've been out for a while. Call any of the AFA counselors (they're on the website: academyadmissions.com ) or you can DM me your email and I'll query them.

    WHEN to apply depends upon your age. Although you probably are fine there.
    Can you please direct me to how I go about changing my user name? Is there a way to delete account and start over?
    flieger83
    flieger83
    You'd need to contact TacticalNuke...the site owner, and speak with him.
    Can you get good info from usafa on why ds received TWE. Asking so ds has good picture of risk and opportunity as free agent.
    flieger83
    flieger83
    Virtually impossible but...if you wish to PM me with the following:

    GPA, SAT/ACT scores in each category...that'll give me a start...I can probably guess, but getting a precise "why" from ANY SA is not going to happen.
    My DS received nomination but just received TWE. We aren’t surprised but we were hoping for falcon or prep school. His plan b is to self prep. He is very interested in NWP. He has a 24 act which we assume was the largest factor in TWE. We are willing to take risk. He is contemplating joining reserves or air guard. Not sure if he could do that and NWP. Any advice
    flieger83
    flieger83
    If he wishes to "self prep" then he must not join either the Guard or Reserves. If he does that, he's not going to the academy unless he applied through the USAF program called "LEAD." So steer him clear of that option for now. The 24 ACT is a definite red flag. He needs to be in the 30+ range, honestly. That is doable...I went from a 25 to a 34 when I went to NWP...40 years ago!
    I would like to apply for the SLE 2019, but part 1 of the application requires me to answer the Candidate Questionnaire, which I can't do because it says it's for the class of 2023 only (I'm class of 2024). How can I apply for SLE when I am unable to complete the questionnaire on their website?
    flieger83
    flieger83
    The Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) 2019 application period is not open yet and will open on January 15, 2019. SLE is highly competitive since there are normally 6,000 applicants and capacity for just 1,000 attendees.
    Hi Flieger,
    Quick question, there was a NAPS 2019 Appointment Thread under the Prep School section, and I can't seem to locate it. Was it deleted for some reason?
    Thanks!
    flieger83
    flieger83
    Hmm...I don't know...if I find anything out I'll let you know.
    Hello, I was wondering how I can change my username to something more anonymous. Thank you
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    flieger83
    Contact the Site Moderator, Tactical Nuke.
    I have a question about he application.....I have my DS holding off a bit until he takes his second SAT. Can my DS put in the information and forward he application update it at anytime or should he wait?
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    ginapenny
    Yes he is a junior. I just didn't know if that application as we have it was the "final" and if I could change it. Thank you so much. My DS will be on it today!!!
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    ginapenny
    Sorry I have another question. Is it a problem if my DS didn't use his summer seminar application for the PCQ?
    flieger83
    flieger83
    Not a problem!
    Not sure if this is the avenue I need to pursue to have a post removed, but could you please remove my most recent post? I provided too much information in my post and I would like to have it removed. Sorry for the inconvenience.
    flieger83
    flieger83
    I edited your post to remove identifiable elements.
    Thank you for your insights. My DS submitted his pre-application a little over a week ago. His status changed to "applicant" the next day. Do you know roughly how long it takes to progress to candidate status so he can start his application? Meanwhile, he's working on his nominations. Thx
    flieger83
    flieger83
    Hi!

    The applicant to candidate will be decided when they have looked at his package...if they think it's something they're really interested in, they'll "flip the switch" otherwise he'll have to wait like most folks, until he has a nomination. Nothing to worry about at this time.

    Are his numbers good?? SAT/ACT, GPA, etc??
    Hi Sir,
    recently finished online pre-candidate submission and was curious on the relationship between ALO and apllicant. Most say get to know them and make sure they know you, but what's the best way to do that? I already made some contact with my local ALO but I'm unsure how to proceed. Everytime I look up USAFA questions the best answers have been on this forum and answered by you, so here we go, thanks!
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    ASANTA
    Alright, thanks! I've only fully contacted them for a few questions but not a real inroduction just yet. Glad for the heads up though.
    ASANTA
    ASANTA
    Oh, another question Sir, since I'm not sure if the ALO I was given is the official one.. Is it appropriate to set up a meeting for more direct contact and introduction?
    flieger83
    flieger83
    Not necessary at this time. First you make contact, tell who you are, your goals, etc. Then you wait a while to see what comes back. Right now I'd wait.
    Hello Sir,
    I am an USMMA appointee, I have long been deciding between flying for the Navy or the AF, while wanting to experience sailing at sea. I am also seeking for a MMA alumni who is/was commissioned in the AF and possibly fly in the AF to gain some advice. As if now, do you by any chance know if there's possibility for a KP graduate to be on active duty and receive a pilot slot in the AF ?
    flieger83
    flieger83
    The big things that delay or disqualify folks for SUPT in the AF are: color vision test, depth perception, and uncorrected vision. Right now you need 20/20 uncorrected. That can, and has, changed over the years due to the needs of the AF.
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    teddybear97
    I current do not have a 20/20 visions but it's correctable. I am planning to do LASIK in the near future to resolve this eye vision problem. Some people have been telling me that all Arm Forces are currently in need of the female pilots, since I am a female, will I be in a better position? I'm just afraid that things will change in 4 years and they would no longer need as many pilots as they do now.
    flieger83
    flieger83
    DO NOT DO IT!! If you have any corrective eye surgery before entering the USAF you will be permanently grounded; and there's no waiver. There is a process to have the AF select you and then they take care of everything. But do NOTHING on your own.
    Flieger83 - Sorry for the confusion. The school had an enlistment ceremony in Aug. where the freshman ROTC cadets on scholarship enlisted. My understanding was that they became property of the air force for 8 years at that point. My thinking that "enlistment ceremony" meant "enlisted" has caused the confusion. Thank you for clarifying the use of the AF FM1786. Very much appreciated. Thank you for serving as an ALO.
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