Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by SRJ, Dec 21, 2017.
Around what time did you all submit your applications?
We completed our application near the end of September, including the ALO interview. DoDMERB was completed in August. We also live in a state where the MOC applications were due at the beginning of September, the interviews were in late October, and the nomination decisions were made by around Thanksgiving.
Grandson started his application the first week of September, after he finished his USNA application/letters, etc.; had everything in by the 2nd week of October. CFA was done in June during a Navy summer session and the medical was done in August. All 3 congressional interviews were done the same day, November 13; LOA came on December 12, and grandson was notified by our Senior Senator that he was his principal USAFA nominee a couple of days thereafter via a phone call. The nomination appeared on the portal earlier this week.
Are there two of you?
It was the "we completed our application..." and "we also live in a State..." that threw me off.
I have heard of twins and triplets getting appointments to academies, before.
I understood the "we." As parents living in a very rural area, this application process has become a real family endeavor- everyone has had to pull together to get all of the steps done.
Congrats to your upcoming cadet @Billberna !
like peppypea, I likewise understood the "we" as, like peppypea, we also live in a rural area and the process has been a collaborative effort: grandson, his parents, and myself as grandfather. Congrats to your DS.
Thanks. Funny, we live in a rural area, too. This means that we all pile into the car whenever we go anywhere - because we have to go many miles/places in the same trip. As a family we took our candidate (who will get a driver's license soon) to interviews, to buy an interview suit, to obtain letters of reference, do the USAFA campus tour, etc. Not to mention the emotional investment for all, including sympathetic siblings. Our candidate is a home-schooler, and as such, we do tend to see individual projects as family affairs. Everybody goes to tennis, everybody goes to orchestra, and so on, because the drive is so long. Everything is 20-30 miles away. We do most all things as a family. Doesn't mean our candidate didn't do his own application work, though.
Most interesting. Our grandson was also homeschooled. We had some trepidation reading the USAFA's materials for homeschoolers, feeling that there was a bit of a bias against homeschoolers; the typical things about "viability" in a college setting, adjusting to structure , too sheltered, etc., and so we wondered about how successful he would be with his application.
In contrast, admissions at USNA had previously told us that homeschoolers had historically outperformed their public school counterparts on both the SAT and ACT and were very welcoming so we felt, on balance, that he would be okay with his application.
From your post it looks to me that you read from the AFA Admissions website but talked to Navy's office. Did you talk to AFA Admissions specifically the 2nd Lts. assigned there who are responsible for describing what life is like at USAFA? How about your ALO? What did they tell you? If not, you should because I'm under the impression that there's a significant % of homeschoolers at USAFA. And I will go onto say that if there's any bias, it's a positive one for homeschooled applicants. Also, they do well there.
At this point I will now concede that Navy & WP Admissions are above reproach; they can do no wrong, & AF's are not fuzzy, hand-holding people.
The niceness of Admissions personnel is absolutely the best reason to pick the armed services branch that you will be a member of for the next 9 years minimum. (Sarcasm definitely intended).
Actually, grandson had a more positive experience with his ALO interview than was the case with his BGO interview. The concerns we had were a consequence of AFA's online brochure for home schoolers. The only contact with USNA's admissions people was after the summer session when we asked about home schoolers and transcripts.
We've not sought "hand-holding" from either Academy and negotiated the application process with no assistance from either admissions office beyond resolving questions about formatting home school transcripts. The only contact with the ALO and BGO was the interview.
"Niceness" of admissions has not been a factor. Grandson initially leaned toward USNA, a consequence of having attended summer session. Following his LOA and additional research, he appears to now lean toward USAFA which he has not yet visited.
My comment was directed solely to the online homeschool brochure: beyond that we've not been able to gather any information as to how homeschool cadets/mids were viewed by either Academy, the numbers attending, nor how they performed.
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