Is This Competitive for the Air Force Academy?

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by deviddiya, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. deviddiya

    deviddiya New Member

    Jun 3, 2012
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    Hello everybody,

    I am pretty new to the site. I was wondering if I was on the right path to getting into the Air Force Academy. Also if you could, tell me what else I should aim to do.

    I am in:
    *Civil Air Patrol
    * Junior varsity soccer(could be possibly moving to varsity)
    * NJHS
    **Was going to be in marching band but my schedule is way to busy.

    Freshman year classes

    *Honors English 9
    *Advanced Physical Science 9
    *Spanish 9
    *social studies 9
    * Algebra 9
    *Geometry 9 (doubled up on math)

    I can't think of much else besides that for right now. In highschool ( In 8th grade right now) I plan on doing much more, hopefully.

    I have a 4.0, the last report card with a (B) was in 5-6 grade.
    I have been Identified as Gifted in social studies by the state.
    I score Advanced on state testing every year.
    * Not sure if any of that really mattered but if it helps.

    Thanks everybody!
  2. AFrpaso

    AFrpaso USAFA Alumnus 5-Year Member

    Mar 5, 2012
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    I'm confused... this exact same thread was posted three days ago under a different username.
  3. LFry94

    LFry94 USAFA C1C '17 5-Year Member

    Sep 29, 2011
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    I am as well. :scratch:

    To OP: If you have any specific questions, feel free to PM me and I would love to help you out.
  4. AFAYahoo

    AFAYahoo 5-Year Member

    Apr 12, 2011
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    For any student hoping to go to an academy, the keys will be
    1. Academics--take as challenging a course load as possible (honors, AP, IB) without sacrificing grades. You need to strive for an A average (junior high will not be looked at at all, neither will state testing--it varies too much).
    2. Plan on taking the ACT and SAT when the time comes, and probably many times to max your scores. Prep for them, working on your weaker areas.
    3. Extracurriculars--have a few activities (like your civil air patrol--you'll probably need a couple more) that you can get very involved in, aim for leadership positions as much as possible. Don't do something different every year, focus and really be committed to a few. Quality is better than quantity. This can include boy scouts, volunteering, summer jobs, peer tutoring, etc--many different types of activities can show your work ethic, leadership, drive, etc. If you really like band, try to find a way to make it work.
    4. Sports--for many reasons (physical fitness, teamwork, leadership, working toward a common goal, etc) sports are very important when applying to an academy. If you like soccer, plan on sticking with it. You don't have to be varsity freshman year, but work hard to become varsity and hopefully team captain at some point. If you do club sports, summer league baseball, etc. those will be impt. too. It doesn't all have to be school related.
    5. Physical fitness--you'll have to pass a candidate fitness test (CFA), which currently includes 5 different activities (if you search CFA on this forum, I'm sure you'll get a description). You'll need to start prepping for this in HS--the basketball throw esp. involves technique and not just brute strength or endurance.
    6. Keep your nose clean. Don't derail your path to an academy by making foolish mistakes as you see friends, classmates, etc partying and otherwise involving themselves in risky behaviors.

    Since you're just in jr. high, its impossible to say if you're competitive so far. You have a decent freshman year schedule, now its just time to go out and rock your classes, stay involved, and enjoy high school!

    Proud mom of a C3C

    Edit: just saw Afrpaso and Lfry's posts--didn't realize this had already been discussed!
  5. Pima

    Pima 5-Year Member

    Nov 28, 2007
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    This has become very common over the past few yrs, just remember one can be a parent and one can be the actual applicant.

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