CFA question

Dream Big

New Member
Wondering if good CFA results during a NASS session could create some positive interest from admissions at this stage in the process?

BB throw 87 ft
Shuttle run 8.2 sec
Crunches 95
Pushups 75
Mile run 5min 15sec

Thanks for any input.
 

MidCakePa

Member
Highly doubtful that good CFA results will heighten interest in absence of other input. CFA accounts for 10% of total score. That’s not a lot.
 

usna1985

10-Year Member
A great CFA will somewhat help an otherwise strong application. It won’t make up for a subpar package.
 

23Lt

Member
Very strong CFA, nonetheless! Now you have one less thing to worry about, and more time to focus on weaker areas of your application. Start practicing for interview, for example!

Good luck.
 

Old Navy BGO

5-Year Member
Wondering if good CFA results during a NASS session could create some positive interest from admissions at this stage in the process?
USNA evaluates candidates on a "whole person" basis ... combination of academic, leadership, athletic, and service. Candidates who can max out , or do really well, on CFA are a dime a dozen, and a great CFA is meaningless if Admissions doesn't think you can hack the academic program. Sure, its nice to have a great CFA score --but it isn't going to get someone into USNA.
 

Dream Big

New Member
Certainly didn’t think the CFA on its own would get anyone into USNA.

Just wondered if it would raise any eyebrows in the admissions office.

My observation from NASS doesn’t support the contention that candidates maxing out the CFA are a dime a dozen.
 

Stork103

Member
Then again, most NASS participants don't receive Offers of Appointment, either.
Dream,

Great job, you are super fit and USNA will appreciate that. However, that and a few quarters will get you a metered parking spot for an hour in DTA.

These boards (and the admissions room floor) are littered with 36 ACT, AP everything, Team Captain, Eagle Scouts that got TWEs.

The reality is that if you don’t otherwise fit the profile of what USNA needs to meet its strategic goals for appointees, you had better be the absolute best of the best of the best in every single objective measurement that goes into the WCS.

It can be done, but it is by far the hardest thing you’ll ever do. Good luck!
 

Norfolk63

BGO and MidDad
5-Year Member
Valid replies above. But IMHO your scores are outstanding. Now push to complete your entire application prior to the first board in September, apply for every nomination source for which you are eligible, and complete the NROTC scholarship app prior to September as well. Don't give up the ship!
 

landlock

Member
Are you still at NASS? I seem to remember that they give an award to male and female with best CFA at NASS at ceremony at the end. This seems worthy of that! One midshipmen visiting my house with my daughter won it his year. Great job! You are right, really hard to max out all aspects of CFA. Many kids can not run a fast mile and most get nowhere near max for pull-ups. Both my kids had the best CFA of their squad at NASS but not as good as yours! Now follow Norfolk63's advice and get the above done!!
 

NJROTC-CC

Member
As said above. Maybe 10% of an application. Does an officer on a nuclear sub need to be a physical superman or a well-educated technical expert? IMHO he woud only need to be fit enough to not get sick. Brains and leadership should count for 9O% and i believe they do. My DS is more the physical than the brainy nerd type. Wish it were the other way.

P.S. - If you are a recruited Div. 1 athlete that’s another story. The Academy will want you even though your athletic talent may be of questionable value in national defense
 
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justdoit19

Member
When DS returned from NASS last week, we were talking about different things. I asked him what “surprised him the most”, and he replied ‘that I am completely 100pct not anything special. Everyone is like me.’ And what he meant is that while he was just under by 1 or 2 maxing out CFA (so very physically fit), captains of multi varsity sports, speaks and lives math and physics (seriously I don’t even know what he saying ), smart, well liked, blah blah blah..

Which at home/school makes him a little on exceptional side, at USNA he is just another kid like that. A dime a dozen.

It’s fascinating.
 

OldRetSWO

USNA 78/parent 11/BGO for >25yrs
5-Year Member
When DS returned from NASS last week, we were talking about different things. I asked him what “surprised him the most”, and he replied ‘that I am completely 100pct not anything special. Everyone is like me.’ And what he meant is that while he was just under by 1 or 2 maxing out CFA (so very physically fit), captains of multi varsity sports, speaks and lives math and physics (seriously I don’t even know what he saying ), smart, well liked, blah blah blah..

Which at home/school makes him a little on exceptional side, at USNA he is just another kid like that. A dime a dozen.
We tell this to kids at Orientation for Boys State - for most of them it will be the first time among what they will see is their real peer group.
 
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