Hi! My son is a sophomore in high school and we are just beginning the process. I would appreciate any help you can give us.
Very, VERY well said!!!!Welcome and good luck. My three cents, to pile on to previous posts:
(1) Think of this process like a long-distance steeplechase race, with multiple gates, obstacles and interim goals along the way. Use a planning calendar that goes out at least 2 years and be sure you and your hopeful know every deadline and due date. Wa-a-a-y more complicated than putting in an app package to a "regular school."
(2) Use the search function on here. The process follows a certain rhythm, so you will see clusters of timeline-related queries pop up, with some great detailed, "clip and save" posts from forum members.
(3) Information is power. The more your son learns about the respective Academies and spends time thinking about whether some years of required military obligation following a four-year stint at an SA is for him, the better. It's easy to get caught up in the competitive nature of the chase after the SA appointment and not contemplate the Big Picture: is this the right decision for me?