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  1. nzrower

    nzrower 5-Year Member

    Aug 8, 2010
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    Hello I'm Jess 18 years old and hopeful International applicant to the academy.
    I come from New Zealand but at the moment I'm on a Rotary Youth Exchange in Switzerland.
    I've been interested in serving in the armed forces since I was young although the fact that I'm quite academic put me off a bit as I wanted to get a good education too. In New Zealand you can study while going through officer training although it is in now way comparable with the US service academies.
  2. Pima

    Pima 5-Year Member

    Nov 28, 2007
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    Welcome to the forum.

    I just want to give you some clarification as a foreign student on how competitive any Service Academy is within our country.

    You had stated in your post; "I've been interested in serving in the armed forces since I was young although the fact that I'm quite academic put me off a bit as I wanted to get a good education too", have you go online to sites like USNWR?

    Our military academies rank yr after yr as the MOST SELECTIVE universities/colleges. Their admission rate is @16%. If you go and google any academy you are applying for, with Class 13 in quotes (14 isn't out yet), you will be pleasantly surprised to see how high their stats are regarding overall academic records. I can't recall a yr where one SA didn't send grads to Rhodes, Yale, Harvard, and MIT for post graduate education.

    The majority of the cadets at the SA's also applied to traditional universities, known as Ivies (Stanford, Harvard, Yale, U PENN, Princeton and MIT). That is how academically challenged their programs are at the SA's. That is how Elite they are within our educational system. If you want to be challenged academically, our SA's will do it!

    I think that being a foreigner, you don't realize how our system works. I would be the first to state I don't know how to compare our system to yours.

    I wish you the best in this upcoming yr., and I am sure if you get the slot you will not be disappointed in the academic curriculum level at any of our SA's.

    I hope you find a thrill knowing that if you do attend, your mind, body and soul will be tested for the next 4 yrs. They will never stop challenging you on any level. Attending them, academically, you will have chosen wisely.

    My suggestion to you would be; you post on the actual academy sites you are applying to for admission your details. It is highly unlikely that someone here is a foreigner...HOWEVER, every cadet or parent of cadet probably can connect you with someone to assist you further for questions regarding the process. Afterall, that is one reason we are all here...to assist.

    PS...If MIT, Harvard or Yale are on your US dream colleges for education...they don't hold a candle to our SA's. Remember, cadets at the SA, not only take as strenuous course loads in comparison to them, but they are also physically challenged from a requirement standpoint. Your intro leads me to believe this would appeal to you also.
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2010

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