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berserk87

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Hi - My name is Mike and I have lurked on this forum for several months. As my son has just accepted an offer to the USNA, I figured that it was perhaps time to finally join this forum as an active member.

He also received an offer from West Point on Monday, but is committed to the Naval Academy. He really likes both academies and having to say "no" to West Point is going to be tough.

One of the odd things that we did not anticipate was having to reject some really great offers. He had ROTC scholarships from the Navy, Air Force, and Army. The USAF scholarship was one that very few candidates received (the officer that interviewed him said that only about 5% of kids receive it). With his Army ROTC scholarship, he would have had a full ride to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The Army would have picked up tuition and fees, while Rose-Hulman was going to write off room and board for him.

It's odd because he went through a lot of effort and time applying for all of these places. If you succeed in obtaining more than one option, you have to turn around and reject all but one.

Going in, we were skeptical that our son would get into an academy at all, just based on odds (something like 7 or 8% of applicants get accepted?). He was a good candidate, but virtually all of the folks that apply to these places are outstanding.

I am happy to be part of the forum community and thank those from which I have already learned so much about this process. - Mike
 

ktnatalk

Sailor. Shipmate. Parent.
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Congrats, Mike, and more so to your DS! He chose wisely!

Welcome aboard!!!
 
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Hi - My name is Mike and I have lurked on this forum for several months. As my son has just accepted an offer to the USNA, I figured that it was perhaps time to finally join this forum as an active member.

He also received an offer from West Point on Monday, but is committed to the Naval Academy. He really likes both academies and having to say "no" to West Point is going to be tough.

One of the odd things that we did not anticipate was having to reject some really great offers. He had ROTC scholarships from the Navy, Air Force, and Army. The USAF scholarship was one that very few candidates received (the officer that interviewed him said that only about 5% of kids receive it). With his Army ROTC scholarship, he would have had a full ride to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The Army would have picked up tuition and fees, while Rose-Hulman was going to write off room and board for him.

It's odd because he went through a lot of effort and time applying for all of these places. If you succeed in obtaining more than one option, you have to turn around and reject all but one.

Going in, we were skeptical that our son would get into an academy at all, just based on odds (something like 7 or 8% of applicants get accepted?). He was a good candidate, but virtually all of the folks that apply to these places are outstanding.

I am happy to be part of the forum community and thank those from which I have already learned so much about this process. - Mike

Congratulations Mike to you and your son!
May I ask what state you are from?
God bless you and again, CONGRATS!
 

Keydetmom

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Hi - My name is Mike and I have lurked on this forum for several months. As my son has just accepted an offer to the USNA, I figured that it was perhaps time to finally join this forum as an active member.

He also received an offer from West Point on Monday, but is committed to the Naval Academy. He really likes both academies and having to say "no" to West Point is going to be tough.

One of the odd things that we did not anticipate was having to reject some really great offers. He had ROTC scholarships from the Navy, Air Force, and Army. The USAF scholarship was one that very few candidates received (the officer that interviewed him said that only about 5% of kids receive it). With his Army ROTC scholarship, he would have had a full ride to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The Army would have picked up tuition and fees, while Rose-Hulman was going to write off room and board for him.

It's odd because he went through a lot of effort and time applying for all of these places. If you succeed in obtaining more than one option, you have to turn around and reject all but one.

Going in, we were skeptical that our son would get into an academy at all, just based on odds (something like 7 or 8% of applicants get accepted?). He was a good candidate, but virtually all of the folks that apply to these places are outstanding.

I am happy to be part of the forum community and thank those from which I have already learned so much about this process. - Mike
We live near USNA and have been sponsor parents for many years... make sure your son signs up for a sponsor, it makes the weekends go by much better....
 

Dadof2

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make sure your son signs up for a sponsor, it makes the weekends go by much better....

So true. DD had a sponsor family as a Plebe and the fit was not good for her or them so it didn't work out. They were nice people, but it just wasn't a good fit. It was their first time sponsoring and I think they may have found it's not for them. DD got a new sponsor family at the end of Plebe year and it is working very well. Having a great sponsor family does make things better. They are there for her to pick up/drop off at the airport, place to hangout on weekends, etc. So if it doesn't work out the first time have him try another family.
 

Keydetmom

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So true. DD had a sponsor family as a Plebe and the fit was not good for her or them so it didn't work out. They were nice people, but it just wasn't a good fit. It was their first time sponsoring and I think they may have found it's not for them. DD got a new sponsor family at the end of Plebe year and it is working very well. Having a great sponsor family does make things better. They are there for her to pick up/drop off at the airport, place to hangout on weekends, etc. So if it doesn't work out the first time have him try another family.
We love our mids.... we have had a lot of luck and good fortune... sometimes I think I get more out of it then they do.
 
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