Anyone had experience of being a few days too young so offered NAPS?

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  1. MGK

    MGK Member

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    DD is a few days too young so they offered her NAPS. She does well academically and finished HS in 3 years. Great GPA and SAT. Offered a few opportunities for exclusive programs at universities like American University, Rhodes College and Union. . . but she WANTS the Naval Academy.

    I would like to hear from others who had a similar experience and hear how things turned out.

    Any chance of being admitted into the USNA after others are done making their declaration?

    She is afraid it will be a wasted year.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. pleber16

    pleber16 USNA 2016 5-Year Member

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    Nope. Rules are rules are rules. USNA is not going to admit someone who isn't 17 by I-Day. It definitely won't be a wasted year. NAPS in itself will be beneficial but I think she'll appreciate being closer in age to her classmates.
     
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  3. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    You generally only have to post the same question in one Forum; people will respond.

    A year at NAPS is a gift. By the time she gets to her Class of 2023 I-Day, she will have:
    - spent a year away from home, figured that out, now no sweat at USNA
    - learned military routine, customs, language, now ahead of the game at USNA
    - will have learned care and wear of uniforms and gear and rack-making and room-inspection-prepping, will save precious time for her as a plebe
    - will have made friends at NAPS, arrived at USNA with instant set of friends
    - will be in great shape, toughened by Narragansett Bay winter breezes and group PT
    - dealt with living with a complete stranger and cooperating on fun stuff like room inspections and personal habits
    - will have soaked up tips from experienced prior enlisted NAPSters
    - will have her brain honed and ready for USNA academics
    - will experience sunrises and sunsets with the smell and feel of the salty ocean breeze (I love Newport)
    - will gain maturity, perspective, self-confidence with like-minded people

    There is nothing wasted by investing in a year, which, if successfully completed and a nom obtained, puts her in 2023. USNA is willing to wait for her!
     
  4. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    It’s only a wasted year if she wants it to be. If she goes in there with a positive attitude, gains some experience and maturity and learns how to live a military environment away from home... it’s certainly not a wasted year. It will make Plebe Year so much easier. If USNA is what she wants, this is her path. Sure she can decline and go somewhere else and reapply... but that is a huge gamble. USNA is offering a ‘golden ticket’.
     
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  5. jaglvr

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    It will put her on par age wise with her class. She would not want any5hing significant like that to stand out. They would find out and probably bring it up constantly plebe year.
     
  6. MGK

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    Yes, I have asked that all my post to be removed for that very reason. Can't seem to see how to do it from my end. Hope the moderator will find time to help. Thanks.
     
  7. moak

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    I hope the wasted year part is mom or dads input and not the lady being offered this opportunity. My daughter is also on the young side and I thank god that she looked at this offer as a blessing giving her the chance to mature one more year before going full bore into it. She chose NAPS although still very much in the running for an appointment to USAFA. I’m glad she did. There are so many kids out there who would kill for such an opportunity.
     
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    I've posted on the issue before --it seems like a "wasted" year when you are 18 and disappointed by a TWE. In this case, USNA really didn't have a choice, and obviously thought enough about DD to offer her NAPS. This is a golden opportunity, essentially guaranteed admission next year, and a head start on Plebe Year. Go for it...
     
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  9. trini1066

    trini1066 5-Year Member

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    That happened to my son . Take NAPS . Naps is everything that has been posted prior on this Forum. Helped my son immensely . He graduates from the USNA in less then 2 weeks .
     
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  10. tex2021

    tex2021 Proud parent of USAFA C/O 2021

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    We have a DS who is very interested in USNA. He is currently in the 9th grade. He will be gladly go through NAPS if that is what it takes to get to USNA. We are well versed in the academies requirements but not so much on the prep schools like NAPS. We could not find the answer to this question looking through this forum or USNA website. "Is nomination required for prep schools like NAPS and USMAPS ?". We have a C3C at USAFA. Thanks in advance.
     
  11. jaglvr

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    you do not get a nomination to prep school. they nominate to the academies and the academies choose prep schools. if they want you enough but the only way to keep you till old enough is prep offer, they will
     
  12. tex2021

    tex2021 Proud parent of USAFA C/O 2021

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    I didn't phrase my question correctly. Let's try it again ...

    "To receive a NAPS offer, is nom required to USNA ?" Thanks.
     
  13. Old Navy BGO

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    The answer is no nomination is required for NAPS, but really a moot point. You don't "apply" to NAPS, you apply for the respective Academy, and the Admissions Board "may" make the decision that the candidate would be better served by spending a year. Admissions Board decision is independent of the Nomination process. (Yes, I get that theoretically Admissions could park someone at NAPS if they are an excellent candidate but don't have a nomination, but as a practical matter -- if someone is that excellent a candidate, they will likely have a Nom).

    DS is 9th grade . He should be focused on establishing his record (both academic, sports , and extracurricular ) so that NAPS isn't even a factor.
     
  14. midncandidate

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    I went to NAPS and I too was afraid that it would be a wasted year. However, it turned out to be a good experience, I made some fantastic friends and it gave me more time to adjust to the military lifestyle. There were parts that I didn't like, but the same can be said for any kid attending any school. I still look at NAPS as a positive experience even though I ended getting medically disqualified in the end. I still graduated from NAPS, and that opened up more doors for me as well such as it is looked upon favorably for ROTC scholarships and if I reapply to USNA.
     
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    > You graduated from NAPS , but didn't go to USNA ? What's the story ?
     
  16. midncandidate

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    I got medically disqualified from USNA 9 days before graduation due to what was believed to be a labral tear in my left hip. However, I had an orthopedic surgeon review the MRI and he determined there wasn't a tear. I then appealed the disqualification and lost. They were afraid that it was a reoccurring issue as I had surgery on the other labrum earlier in the year. The issue is now fully resolved and my orthopedic surgeon cleared me without any restrictions. I was informed that my reapplication would be looked upon favorably if I cleared up my medical issues.
     
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    Thanks MC ... For years the gouge has been that NAPS is the Golden Ticket, and you almost assured of admission--but really don't remember seeing exceptions. This makes sense, and is consistent with the almost assured statement. Best of luck to you.
     
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    Thank you, I'm doing NROTC in college and continuing to pursue my dream so hopefully it will all work out.
     
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