Recent content by nuensis

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    What now!? Plus, waiting is really hard!

    Run. Stretch before and after you run. I missed my MOC's call because he called in the morning in the middle of class and I had my phone silenced. The staffer got mad and chewed me out over the phone, but it was pretty unreasonable to expect a student to disobey school regulations and walk out...
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    In a bit of a pickle… (USNA or NROTC)

    Actually, one of my first posts here was for accepting an NROTC scholarship...yeah, I definitely traded that for an appointment later. Apparently a much younger me gave it significantly less thought than OP.
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    In a bit of a pickle… (USNA or NROTC)

    This is a major decision concerning your future and the direction of your life for at least the next 9 years, I wouldn't worry about "it would be better if..." and the "someone else." Preferences are not requirements. It's your spot. You earned it. Take your time to make your decision. If you...
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    Korean Dual Citizenship

    Shouldn't be a problem. Call admissions for final assurances. More of an issue for a 1/C trying to get Intel, but you can cross that bridge when you get there. Probably advantageous for you to renounce it as soon as it is convenient, but up to you. On the other end, ROK gets tricky with dual...
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    Major Choice

    There's a handful of service assignments where major will matter, e.g. CW/IP/CWE (CS/IT/CE/EE/CY), Med Corps (Chem), CEC (FE required). If you're not interested in those, I would go with something you like and are good at. If you find out you're not good at a major, switch as soon as possible...
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    ROTC with a Green Card...

    Using a year of ROTC as justification for naturalization.
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    ROTC with a Green Card...

    Maybe looking at expedited naturalization via military service? I can't remember if NROTC MIDN are USNR like Academy MIDN are USN, but I don't think taking ROTC classes will count for that.
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    Gold SSBN Deterrent Patrol Insignia

    A normal officer career would have some variety between fast attack and boomers, thus there isn't much opportunity to do 20 SSBN patrols. Criteria to get one is to be aboard during a patrol--I saw a few MIDN wearing them; they got unlucky during submarine cruise and got a lot more underway time...
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    Pentagon orders for a JO

    You'd be surprised. I remember there was a West Point grad that spoke out to the CSA about his Rhodes Scholarship program negatively affecting his career because his initial performance evaluations were poor compared to his peers. There's a YouTube video somewhere. I think the Army fixed it...
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    Pentagon orders for a JO

    Your friendly neighborhood JO from whichever community you're looking at may have access to a JO shore billet slate they can show you for their community. That can give you an idea of typical jobs to expect for that community, including whether there are Pentagon billets on the slate, where, and...
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    Higher-Level Course Validation and Overload in Engineering Major

    Keep in mind you will very likely not be authorized to overload first semester Plebe year (i.e. validations can slide next courses in sequence, but not able to add additional courseload). Performance anywhere outside of USNA does not guarantee success at USNA. Whatever you want to do, you will...
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    Higher-Level Course Validation and Overload in Engineering Major

    Not going to beat a dead horse; I'll answer the question directly. This was five years ago, so policy may have changed. Validation policy (outside of what's posted on the website already) depends on the department that owns the course. You will have to ask when you get there. Some departments...
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    plebe year class ranking

    You're thinking of MGSP. Anything that isn't quantifiable should be fleshed out in ranking boards. If they aren't, that's the fault of the squad leader or platoon commander, and honestly great practice for later on when division officers and department heads fight for Sailors in ranking boards...
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    plebe year class ranking

    Very similar to how the fleet does fitness reports. Someone has to be at the top, someone has to be at the bottom, limited number of people will get "competitive" reports, and the rest will have to work hard for another year. Different COs value different things, and you can either adjust, or...
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    Why are most ROTC cadets Criminal Justice majors?

    Services are different. I'm Navy. Some communities really don't care about major. If they don't, high GPA = high OOM = better chance at service assignment and (something I didn't understand as a MIDN) potentially earlier promotion to O4 later on. Some communities do care about major. And...
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