- Jun 9, 2006
Not intended as a slam at all. Not criticizing your son's desire or motivation. Please read carefully what I said, especially the end of my sentence:Is this reply a slam or what? My Son does not want to attend a civilian school. I was implying if he would break a leg or some other unforeseen circumstance arises, he would have a decent backup college to go to.
I assume that most kids have plans to attend a civilian school -- via ROTC or otherwise -- IF they don't get an appointment to the SA of their choice. I sure did. It's merely smart planning to have a Plan B and doesn't mean they're any less interested or motivated in attending a SA.I'm not a parent but, IMO, if your child plans to attend a civilian school should he/she NOT receive an appointment . . . (emphasis added)
I assume you mean really enlist -- not NAPS, where you're enlisted for the year you're there.Of course there are other options upon not receiving an appointment - one of those options would be enlisting.
The Secretary of the Navy is allowed to nominate each year 85 candidates from active duty Navy and Marine Corps enlisted ranks. He may also nominate the same number from the reserve component of each branch.Just_A_Mom said:Well, some kids get to the academy from the enlisted ranks. Any idea how that works?
Agreed. Of the prior enlisted I knew at USNA and the guys who wanted to go to/went to NAPS from our squadron, most hadn't considered it until their CO or other officer suggested it. And, even if the enlisted person knows about the program, if he/she is in a command that isn't supportive, it may be a very long, hard uphill climb.Great program but a heck of a gamble if one is enlisting primarily to go to USNA.