I'm curious if you could offer some explanation as to why this happened to your class. Is it always like that? Do the NAPS kids generally struggle at the academy? Is the USNA graduation rate for NAPS lower, higher or the same?
I don't have hard numbers. Perhaps the resident BGO's have access to that.
I can only speak to my class. While we were definitely better prepared for USNA militarily and physically, we were slaughtered by academics and a good dash of stupidity.
I had a few NAPS classmates tossed for theft or for being a parent (back in the old days where they didn't allow you to leave and dump the kid; you were just GONE) or for not being able to swim. The lion's share, however, was from academics.
I can think of five NAPS classmates of mine who didn't graduate, and that was from my USNA company alone. One of them was my roommate first semester of my Youngster Year. Hell, I was almost added to that list myself; how I managed to miss being tossed after scoring a 1.55 GPA one semester is beyond my ability to explain...
NAPS DOES prepare you for USNA. It looks like a lot of changes have been made to the curriculum itself since my day to support that.
Why NAPS seems to have not done such a wonderful job academically for MY class is worthy of a study....
But like everything in life, I'm sure if you really try hard, you can get past it.
Absolutely no doubt about it. That was certainly the case in MY case; I simply didn't apply myself as much as I should have, and I paid for it.
I still am, actually.
I can't help but wonder if graduating from NAPS gives a person a certain "I am God" attitude as a Plebe. I remember we were a cocky bunch. That may have come around to bite us. Like I said, worthy of a study it is...
If you go to NAPS, then apply yourself at USNA and stay out of trouble, you really should be fine, and FAR better off than some kid coming in straight from High School.