Liason officer for a college freshman

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  1. Gaittrainer

    Gaittrainer Member

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    My question is in reference of what to do when your assigned officer is too busy to respond? I have an older son at USAFA who applied in high school ...his ALO experience was drastically different. I am very understanding of his busy schedule. However we are now getting close to the dead line and I'm starting to get nervous.

    First attempt was the email with no responce(months ago). We suspect that email might be dead. His first call the wife answered and told DS OL is very busy and only talks with candidates when everything is complete. All was well except it took DS until Christmas break to finish the essays. I know that's bad. Yes older brother told him his delay on his part does not make an emergency for the OL. He left message on voice mail , as well as spoke with the wife a second time. He plans to call a fain and leave a message for OL that he left an email with his contact information.

    How much info does the OL have for an applicant?

    At what point do we panic and ask to be reassigned?

    DS has a nomination
     
  2. Wishful

    Wishful "Land of the free, because of the brave..." 5-Year Member

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    What does his portal say? Assuming that essays haven't showed up there, has anything else been sent in but not shown in portal? Again assuming everything is complete but ALO interview, suggest a call to Admissions by him to flesh out what the next move(s) are needed. Good luck.
     
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    Essays are complete. Everything is complete. Just waiting on ALO to respond to emails, voice mail and phone calls. Only able to connect with his wife so far. Starting to think he is too busy. We get that, life gets crazy sometimes, events happen out of our control. We have not had any response. We don't know if ALO knows that DS exists. We are not assuming wife gives him messages.
     
  4. Gaittrainer

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    I do not understand the process of the officer liason for a college student vs high school. My other son's ALO was very responsive. Mind you it was only one conversation then the interview at our home. We did not require hand holding for the application process. I am not concerned about DS understanding what he is getting into as far as a service academy as he knows the deal from his brother. We just want to get the interview scheduled and completed before the deadline. We understand it will be a Skype or phone. We don't want to create bad vibes by going up the chain of command.

    Is this normal? DS is doing everything on his own , as a parent watching... I don't want him to wait too long and miss the boat so to say. He doesn't want to be too much of a pest and offend the man.

    I guess my question is, at what point do I step in and say son you need to be more assertive. We need to call or connect with his coach or admissions or who should we ask?

    Suggestions appreciated.
     
  5. Tigger

    Tigger 5-Year Member

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    What is the next step your DS wants to take? I would follow his lead. This is his responsibility and journey. :)

     
  6. 1meanteacher

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    My son had the same problem when he applied last year. He ended up calling admissions and telling them he’d tried to get in touch with his ALO but hadn’t gotten a response back. Within two days, he was assigned a different ALO who contacted him right away.
     
  7. Gaittrainer

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    Thanks for the feedback