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Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Streak31, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. Streak31

    Streak31 5-Year Member

    Apr 30, 2009
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    Well I've been put in a predicament. I've visited and love USNA! But I wasn't offered an appointment or foundation scholarship. I really want to go but am not sure how I should spend my next year. I have several options: NROTC and Honors College at ODU, Greystone Prep, or taking a falcon foundation scholarship to MMI. While USAFA is the only Academy that actually offered me a spot next year, yet I still really want USNA. Any suggestions on a course of action.
  2. gdesena

    gdesena 5-Year Member

    Nov 17, 2008
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    The best plan I've heard is to go the college you will most enjoy that you've been accepted to, and take the same courses you would have taken at USNA. Then, get right back on the application for class of 2014. If that is where you absolutely want to go, of course.

    Best of luck,
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 5-Year Member

    Nov 25, 2007
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    If you want Navy, I would recommend NROTC and you can reapply to USNA next year. If you just want to attend an academy, USAFA is there for you....but realize, the academy portion is only 4 years, you will owe 5 AD....so if you can't see yourself being happy in the Air Force, then don't do USAFA...
  4. Just_A_Mom

    Just_A_Mom 10-Year Member

    Jul 9, 2006
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    Streak31 - only you can decide whether or not to continue to chase a dream that may not come true (USNA) or embrace the opportunity you have been given(USAFA).
    These are your two choices.

    Here is some food for thought and questions that only you can answer:

    Why did you apply to USAFA? If it was your backup then you have your back up. done deal. Have you visited USAFA? If not then can you?
    You may end up liking it as much as you liked USNA.

    What you must completely understand is that taking your FF scholarship to MMI means your spot in the class of 2014 at USAFA is yours to lose. This is your chance, your opportunity. You will be with a couple of dozen other young men and women through the year, will take AFROTC and be well prepared for Colorado Springs.
    You can still apply to USNA if you want but would have to pay back the scholarship.

    To get to an academy, your other choices - NROTC and Greystone are a gamble. You will be competing again for an appointment from a new pool of applicants. While some get in the second try, some also are rejected again. What will you do if you are rejected a second time?
  5. go-n-nuts

    go-n-nuts 5-Year Member

    Mar 19, 2009
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    Contrary view -

    Little known fact - Each year a small number of service academy grads are comissioned in a branch other than the service academy they attended. Case in point: Friend went to USAFA - graduated - commissioned in Marine Corp at USAFA graduation. Each service academy has a "sister" branch officer, on staff at the academy, who handles these requests.

    There must have something that attracted you to the USAFA initially. Should you attend with the sole purpose of seeking a Naval commission? I don't think so. But the AF is a great service and the USAFA is a great school. :cool:

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