Multiple Academies

Hopeful2025

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When applying to multiple academies, how does the board ask questions regarding the various academies if someone applied to more than one? For example, I've seen a lot of people apply to both USNA and USMA. Since they are two very different ones, id expect there to be very different questions for both. Do people get multiple interviews each based on one academy, or does everyone only get one and they combine all the questions they have in that one interview, or how does it work as ive seen many people only have one interview?
 

Wishful

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Assuming by the board you're talking about your MOC interviewer, they will see that you applied to both (if you did to their office) & respond with questions accordingly. If, by chance they don't, you should bring it up so your choices are in their matrix. Good Luck!
 
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Our DS had representatives from several SA branches on his board and the questions weren't specific to each branch per se, but they did try to draw out what path he wished to pursue (aviator in his case). They then decided which of the SA's they felt he would be a strong candidate for and issued Noms based on that discussion. By the end of January, the MOC then submits the Noms to whatever SA the candidate has chosen to apply to.
 

shiner

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In my area, it is common for representatives from each school all in the same room asking questions of the candidate. The board does see that a student is applying to multiple SA because they provide that information as part of nomination application - which SA would you like to be considered for and rank them in order of your preference. It is common for a student to apply to multiple. Representatives from the candidate's top choice will generally begin the questioning of the candidate. When only applying to one, they ask why. When applying to multiple, they ask why. If applying to USNA but not USMMA, they ask why. Follow-up questions are spawned based on the candidate's response. If you want to fly, you can fly out of all schools - why just pick one? The answer is quite telling towards the candidate's research and understanding of what they are committing to. I was blown away by a student in a recent board who preferred one school because of their success record with getting students into a medical path after undergrad. She knew her stats (USNA had X, USMA had Y, and USAFA had Z in the class of XYZ) and it was a very well thought out answer. Whether she was statistically correct or not, I didn't know and had to conclude that she had done the research and was making a choice that aligned with her career interests.

In the end, there is unlikely a wrong answer -- provided it is thought out. Giving the MOC flexibility to place you into different slates is helpful because in competitive situations, it is nice to be able to position a candidate into at least one slate because they were flexible rather than committed to only one option that potentially had stronger candidates.
 
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