Admissions contact

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  1. jrwork

    jrwork Member

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    DS needs to email his admissions contact and asked me to check with the brain trust...

    Is the Regional Commander on the admissions page the correct person? It's not a technical issue. DS just wants to make sure he sends it to the right contact.

    https://www.usma.edu/admissions/sitepages/Great Lakes.aspx
     
  2. THParent

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    Regional Commander? My guess is "absolutely not". That's just a gut feeling, though.
    Normally, a candidate wouldn't be contacting anyone higher up in the chain than O-1.

    Is he applying to USMA as a direct admit from High School or from an active AROTC unit at a college somewhere?

    If he is an "official candidate", he should have an Admissions Counselor listed as a contact in his online interface (West Point Candidate Portal).
    That's the person to contact about anything admissions-related.

    If he's in AROTC, he could talk to his Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO), or contact Admissions Counselor (as stated above). Dealer's choice.
     
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  3. jrwork

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    He is direct out of high school and is an official candidate. There isn't an admissions counselor listed on his portal, just liaison officer. For what he needs, I am 100% certain it needs to be at USMA and not his ALO.
     
  4. THParent

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    Strange.
    I am more versed with the USNA way, but I would have bet that he had an Admissions Counselor.

    According to the USMA Admissions page:
    https://www.westpoint.edu/Admissions/SitePages/Contact.aspx
    Assuming that you are in the Great Lakes Region, it would be admissions.gl@usma.edu
    And general questions go to: admissions-info@usma.edu

    He should use his candidate number when contacting them, so that they know he's not just some guy off the street.
    That's probably obvious, but I thought I would add it. :)
     
  5. jl123

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    Yes, the Regional Commander (RC) is the correct person to contact. The RC is the admissions officer responsible for a specific geographic area and building the WCS score for candidates in that region.

    Just as would be done when applying to a civilian college, a serious candidate should contact the RC for their region (email is usually the best first approach) to introduce themselves and express their interest in USMA in a polite, professional, and concise manner.
     
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    Wow. I would have never guessed that a candidate should be contacting an O-4 with an admissions question.
    Thanks for setting me straight, @jl123
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Well I doubt the O-4 is answering the phone. I'm sure they have minions.
     
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    Thank you! DS emailed the Regional Commander. Appreciate everyone's help!!
     
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    RC's are normally more senior O-3's or recently promoted O-4's and have a couple of enlisted or civilian persons for administrative support. Each region also has a diversity officer, but I am less familiar with how they operate.

    USMA is somewhat upside down compared to the "real" Army. At USMA you get used to seeing a lot of senior officers - 3 General Officers on one fairly small post. Many LTC/COL's and far more Captains and Majors than 2nd and 1st LT's.
     
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  11. Walman888

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    Exactly correct.
     
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    That was the biggest shock when I got to my first unit. We interacted with so many field grade officers we had no idea that a Captain was a pretty important person in the real Army.
     
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    Casey USMA 2015 5-Year Member

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    Truth. I got so immune to field grades and GOs briefing them at school regularly, I probably don’t always have the nervousness and way more confidence they’re expecting from a LT. Good way to get yourself in trouble if you aren’t careful
     
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    Anyone know how long it typically takes to get an answer from the RC? I know they must get hundreds of emails every day but I want to give DS a timeframe to expect an answer so he 1) doesn't just let it sit forever or 2) doesn't annoy the crap out of the RC.
     
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    I would contact your FFR and explain the question you have and when you emailed the RC. If the FFR truly can't answer your question, they are likely to have a direct line to the RC that will speed the process.
     
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    I will suggest this to DS. I hadn't thought of that and don't know if DS did either. Thanks.
     
  17. Walman888

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    They travel a fair amount. Sometimes a few days between E-Mail responses. This is the busy season.
     
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    Depends on how busy they are and what else is going on. If not within in a week, a tactful reminder should work.
     
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