1) Find out about the Academy: Wow! Now THAT is something I'd like to be a part of 2) Look at the admissions steps on the website: Holy... that's a lot! But I'm up to the challenge! 3) Sophomore/Junior year: Ugh, why am I in all these sports/advanced classes/AP's/programs/SATs/needing to be responsible? Oh right, I want to be an officer in the United States Military. Good enough reason for me! 4) Apply for Summer Seminar: Oooh yeah! Just submitted my application! Now it's time to wait.... ugh (again) 5)Waiting to hear back: Sure hope I get accepted! 6) Getting TWE from Summer Seminar: .... Wow I feel like I've just been punched in the stomach... 7) Depressive mode after SS TWE: Maybe the Academy will never want me... 8) Letters after SS TWE: Dang... this letter says I'm not competitive for admission to the USNA/USMA/USAFA... That's even worse than the SS rejection... And I gotta do DoDMERB. 9) Senior year: Should I even bother applying? Um. YES. The Academy can't get rid of me that quickly!!! 10) Senior year continued: More sports/AP's/programs/SATs??? I thought senior year was supposed to be enjoyable! Oh well... the military is worth it. 11) More senior year: Applying for nominations... Yo, what up with all these essays/interviews/transcripts needed to be mailed in? 12) CFA: Did everything good except the flexed arm hang... And just got a letter from USMA saying I have to retake it 13) Retook CFA: YAY! Did better on that one! 14) Finished application: After essays, Academy information nights, SATs, APs, advanced classes, sports, programs, etc etc etc, I'm done! 15) Nomination Interview: Wow! I did pretty well on that! 16) Waiting: Depressive mood again... Maybe I won't get appointed this year. Well, if I get a TWE, I'll be ready to apply for the Class of 2016- I will end up at the Academy eventually 17) January 3rd: So... tired... no sleep... What's this? I'm needed down at the Main Office? Hmmm... my aunt has a big fat envelope in her hand from USNA... Oh my god... I've been appointed to the Class of 2015!!!! 18) (Repeat step 17 on January 18th for USMA appointment) This is just what happened with me. There were so many steps because it was sooooo tedious... as it was with all of you. Copied it from: http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=18233 Good luck you all of you!