Discussion in 'Introductions' started by trini1066, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. trini1066

    trini1066 Member

    Mar 23, 2013
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    My DS just today, was offered an appointment to NAPS. I think it will better prepare for the USNA next year. He also has a ROTC scholarship. Any ideas on the pros and cons of both?
  2. pilot2b

    pilot2b 5-Year Member

    Jul 8, 2011
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    Assuming any additional costs beyond those the ROTC scholarship covers at a university is of no concern...

    Which does he want more? If he really wants USNA, he should probably try NAPS. If all he wants is the commission and the source of that commission is of no concern, then ROTC is probably his best bet.

    I'm currently at NAPS. I can't comment really on ROTC and not very well on USNA, but if you or your son have any questions about NAPS in particular, I'd be glad to answer them.
  3. Spud

    Spud BGO 5-Year Member

    Dec 27, 2011
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    Your son just got a golden ticket to USNA. Is this his Plan A? If so, accept it quickly. He will be inducted into the Naval Reserve when he reports, and take classes to prep him for Plebe year such that if he studies hard, he will find that academics are going to be one less stressor in an incredibly stress-filled year. He will have a year of maturity and will be introduced to military life and the military "way" of doing things and will be looked upon by the Cadre during Plebe Summer as being more squared away than the garden variety high school graduate. Usually (but not always) he will be assigned minor leadership roles during the summer ("Jones, form these people up and take them to sick bay, NOW!!"). We had a number of NAPsters in my company and every one of them spoke highly of that year and considered it good fortune to have gone there first.

    As a unappreciated bennie, when he puts in his 20th year of active duty, for pay's sake that extra year at NAPS kicks in and he is paid for 21 years of active duty. Doesn't work unless he puts in the full 20 though.

    The only way he can screw this deal up is to (1) get poor grades (2) rack up conduct or honor offenses and NOT get a recommendation from the Commanding Officer. Pretty rare but it does happen.

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