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    Waterproofing required for boots?

    No waterproofing treatment. After buying/trying/returning many pairs, DD selected 1 waterproof pair that she took to BCT and left the Nikes at home. After BCT, she requested the Nikes and a replacement pair of athletic shoes ASAP. At winter break, she brought home the USAFA issued pair which...
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    USAFA Branch night/branches?

    Here is an oldie but goodie. It was in response to Superintendent's list question, but is a GREAT summary on OPA. It's from a long time ago, and watch the slight changes in %. (MPA is now top 1/3; GPA and PEA still states as "at least 3.0" for semester honor lists)...
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    Cancelled SAT and ACT tests

    This is a tough choice - ease of location and hope for testing to proceed, or you have to take the Neste Plunge and go all-in on OOS testing right now. If the latter, come to a family agreement. Sign up for all testing that is realistic, wherever that may be. Allocate family spending to time...
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    One Man's Experience (blog posts from elsewhere)

    Time for this to be bumped up again! I highly recommend bookmarking the thread!
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    USNA 2025 Waiting and....Waiting

    To all the waiting candidates, congratulations on making it this far! For perspective, read @Devil Doc 's post (Article - Minorities Underrepresented in Nominations) and realize you have all the upside in the world with Plan B choices and the option to reapply if it's not an appointment this...
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    Careers After USAFA

    This is recent and GREAT!!! https://www.serviceacademyforums.com/index.php?posts/804447/ This is a great example of what @buckeye10 is saying....accounting, anyone? Jose Sarduy, Preventing an International Incident
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    Article-Minorities Underrepresented in Nominations

    Very much agree with @brewmeist . I'd like to see Actual minority application to % receiving nomination. Minority application to total relevant candidate pool % Unless I missed it, the study only used total US population and district population, which is not representative of the pool of...
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    USAFA Intramural Teams and other Activities

    For list of IC teams: From USAFA website: Athletics read, go down click on box GoAirForceFalcons.com Teams For programs/sports/activities Go to USAFA website best tabs are Cadet Life Cadet Clubs - scroll down look through the all Military tab for Wings of Blue For another quick view of most...
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    Carpools for Appointees Traveling Alone...

    Yes, agree, I see I missed quite a few key words as I obviously can't order Pizza Hut pizza and type at the same time! I meant let an appointee connect with other appointees if they like, but appointees can't join the parents page. I do agree parents should connect among themselves on facebook...
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    Carpools for Appointees Traveling Alone...

    I suggest letting the appointee decide on the platform, but I agree SAF isn't ideal platform and it will exclude a huge percentage of appointees. But not the Parent's facebook either. If an appointee wants to do this, let him/her take charge and run with it - parents page is only for parents...
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    Gift ideas?

    Army Air Force Exchange gift card (AAFES)? Make sure to get the actual gift card and not an e-card, in case the latter is only good to buy things online. Where she's based, are there local vendors that people recommend? Does it have to be Army-ish, or something specifically NOT military and...
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    Personal possessions

    Here is a great recent thread about how to get things, as well as other helpful advice: (see my post #8 and other's posts on getting packages) https://www.serviceacademyforums.com/index.php?threads/advice-for-the-class-of-25.80632/ You could also have your parents make friends with parents...
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    Is it a bad reflection that I am not applying to any Plan B or safety schools?

    UGH! I can't figure out what i'm typing! I deleted my post because I may have misunderstood whether the OP applied at all to USNA. SORRY for the confusion. Back to OP - yes, there could be a compelling story there. and community college is a gem, something that should be considered for...
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    Question about possibly unknown ECA

    @Lambda , I don't think it's unusual to be in a leadership club with no defined application bubble. Absolutely talk to your FFR! For many candidates, there are things that aren't fully conveyed on paper, and it could be an unusual club, family circumstance, etc. There will likely be a bubble...
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    Early arrival for quarantine?

    Short answer: NO, the arrival date is the arrival date, wait for instructions for details of in-processing. What works for your family, only works for your family. There is no right/wrong how you get yourself up to COS. If finances and schedule allow, it is wonderful to arrive around 3 days...
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