How Competitive is My State?

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by xcrunner17, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. xcrunner17

    xcrunner17 New Member

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    Hey all,
    I live in Washington state and have been searching through these forums to see if anybody has posted news about the USAFA appointments here. So far I haven't seen anybody say anything about Washington, I'm just an eager candidate trying to gauge my competitiveness in my state.

    Also, I have received two nominations so far, one from my representative and the presidential one. Just waiting to hear something back hopefully soon.

    Thanks!
     
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    948 New Member

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    East of Seattle here, nomination but waiting for appointment. I can't really figure out the competitiveness here either. I suspect it is higher than average, at least west of the cascades, because of the historic and present day civil and military aviation culture
     
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  3. Hebaragi

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    This forum represents about 10% of the appointment. Look back at past appointment forum and you could see your state and how many get appointments. 2021 had about 4 or 5 from Washington State. This would give you some idea as to how competitive your state is. Good luck to both of you on the waiting game.
     
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  4. Velocity2012

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    Best of luck to both of you. This final period of waiting is the toughest. I think that when you add the prep school admissions to the direct entries last year there may have been 8 or 9 in total; I have a cadet currently attending from WA.
     
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  5. JakobF

    JakobF HS Sophomore USAFA aspirer.

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    I live in CA just wondering how hard it is to get an appointment here so I can anticipate or put things in perspective. 1-10. 1 being not really anyone to 10 being you better bust your *ss to hell and back. Thanks in advance.
     
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  6. CrewDad

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    Depends on district in CA. But I know that CA NY VA FL TX PA NJ are some of the toughest states in the US with many districts that are super hard for Appointment. You need to compete locally with your peers in your district, so know your district standard. State Noms are even more difficult to get. So you need to raise your bar high when applying from CA. Good luck and I hope you are in the run for the class of 2023, not 2022. If 2022, you are late in the game to begin pondering and busting your *ss.
     
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  7. DesertCaliMom

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    California does vary greatly by district. As an example, CA-8 had over 50 apply for just USAFA, but in a nearby district there were 50 for USMA. The big draw for USAFA from our district is it's close to home. USMMA applicants from the west coast are rare, so if engineering is your calling, go for it. Our S.A. staffer recommends to every candidate that you apply to every school for a better chance to serve.

    Attending an information session for your district or making an appointment to chat with the S.A. staffer can be a huge help. DS attended 3 sessions over 4 years and it was not only motivational but kept him informed on any changes to the nomination process at the district level.

    Statewide it's very difficult with over 600 applicants to each senator. Still, apply to every nomination source possible.
     
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  8. JakobF

    JakobF HS Sophomore USAFA aspirer.

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    Thanks for your guys' response I live just outside the 48th Congressional District which is around Irvine. I'm a sophomore running for class of 2024 and I'm also an intern for someone's campaign running for congress hoping he gets in and might nominate me or give me letter of recommendation. The reason I'm asking is because I didn't get such a good GPA this first sophomore semester 2.8 non weighted. Anyways I'm motivated and getting A's straighter here on out just needed to know if I need to bump up leadership aspects or athletics aspects a lot to help balance my chances from that one semester.
     
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    48 is very competitive from what I have heard from friends. We live in the 50th also competitive
    However, regardless of your district... you should bust your *** to set forth the best package YOU can pull out. Also, look into Boys State.. the SA's seem to really like applicants with that on their resume
     
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    Never join a Congressman's staff as an intern or election campaign hoping for reciprocity, it should never happen. Join for what you'll learn and how you will benefit from it. The nomination committees won't even consider any work for the district.

    Being able to answer why your GPA tanked and how you fixed it is a far better skill. Busting tail on your test scores and concurrent enrollment at Irvine Valley will show you can handle the Academy load.
     
  11. Hebaragi

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    I strongly agree with DesertCaliMom. You should not be helping out Congressman for anything in return. USAFA looks at the whole picture of the applicant. Not just your GPA. My DS did not have the best GPA like the others applicants that I saw in this forum last year. He failed a lot of things in his life. But, he learned from his failure and became a better person. Now his a first-year cadet at USAFA. You need to show USAFA what you learned from your mistakes and failures. And how the experience made you a better person. Work hard at getting your GPA up and
     
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  12. JakobF

    JakobF HS Sophomore USAFA aspirer.

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    I'll definitely look into Boys States and thank you for telling me about it but, I was also trying to join Civil Air Patrol I'll see if I can do both or maybe the other over summer. The congressman I'm an intern for provides letters of recommendation as stated in his recruiting waiver but, I'll take the advice and won't depend on it or anticipate it. I joined because I also shared the same views with him and why he is running and I do think it's helping me with speaking to other politicians being I need to make calls which should help for my congressional. Anyways thank for the advice I appreciate it! Also a question what's a DS?
     
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    DS = Dear Son :)
     
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    it takes a little bit to get used to the lingo used here.. but if you are wanting military life get used to it.. they Acronym the heck out of everything! :)
    My DS was somewhat slammed at his Congressional Interview for his grades, told he was wasting there time because of his GPA and test scores. He ended up with a Nomination in spite of it anyway :) Its definitely possible - anything is possible
     
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  15. JakobF

    JakobF HS Sophomore USAFA aspirer.

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    Thats awesome and I'll keep it mind!
     
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    Alohaboy1999 New Member

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    My DS received nomination from 49th District, still waiting for appointment. Has anyone received appointment from 49th District? I believe two vacancies this year for the 49th District.
     
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    How competitive is Arkansas?
     
  18. Stealth_81

    Stealth_81 Super Moderator 10-Year Member Founding Member

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    This thread was created to merge all of the individual state threads about competitiveness so that the board is not cluttered with individual threads.

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    peppypea Banned

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    Do you have a link to said thread?
     
  20. Stealth_81

    Stealth_81 Super Moderator 10-Year Member Founding Member

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    Ummm. You just posted in it.

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