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  1. JDB

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    Hello JMC0759:

    We have visited the NTX Air Force Academy Parents Club website. It appears to be dedicated to parents of cadets rather than nominees. DS found the NTX West Point Society, which does have some good information for potential nominees. Is there an Air Force Academy group that discusses the nominee process? I'm not sure that there is going to be any place that provides more information than this site. It has been truly invaluable to our learning about the entire Service Academy nomination/appointment process.

    I noticed on your avatar that you have a son who graduated from West Point and a daughter who graduated from the Air Force Academy. That is tremendous! I imagine that those were some exciting and nerve wracking years. We are fortunate as a country to have families who unselfishly share their loved ones to protect the rest of us. Tell them that we thank them for their service.

    Thanks again JMC0759:

    JDB
     
  2. maskry

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    I would like to throw my two cents in regarding Sea Cadets. As you can see from my avatar, my DD is a Sea Cadet. DD joined Sea Cadets in March of her sophomore year. At the end of January this year, she will earn the rank of Chief. She is the LPO of her unit and has gone to multiple trainings, including a winter survival training in Colorado where she slept outside in 17 below zero conditions for four days. Her experiences gave her plenty to talk about with her BGO, MOC interviews, and the NROTC -MO scholarship board.

    The downside of Sea Cadets is the time commitment and schedule conflicts. Her unit meets twice a month on Saturdays. The basketball coach wouldn't allow her to be on the team because she would have to miss an occasional Saturday game. The track coach allows her on the team, but doesn't allow her to run in any meets. She had to learn to budget her time wisely on those days where she goes from Sea Cadets directly to work, leaving the house at 7:am and coming home at 11:30 pm. She has missed many social events in the past two years, but she has only missed one Sea Cadet drill, and that was the day of her MOC interview.

    With three MOC nominations and the NROTC-MO scholarship in her favor, I can honestly say Sea Cadets has been the most rewarding experience of her life.

    It's just a shame Sea Cadets didn't teach her to keep her room neater.
     
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  3. JDB

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    Hello Maskry:

    Thank you for the additional information on the Sea Cadets. DS did look into the program when Seacadetmum recommended it, but logistically it would have been a real stretch. He decided to continue to focus on academics, sports, local charities and local service/leadership opportunities. He has requested invitation to boys state and has filled out the forms for Summer Session. So right now, he continues to push forward and keep focus.

    Congratulations to you and your DD for her nominations and her NROTC scholarship. It certainly appears that the Sea Cadets was an excellent program for her. Hopefully, in a few weeks, you will be informing us that she has her nomination in hand.

    Good luck,

    JDB
     
  4. DesertCaliMom

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    Welcome! I am new around here myself, and am enjoying seeing such motivation from so many talented young men and women. Hope for another generation. Best of luck to you and your candidate!
     

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