Question about transferring SA

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by usmahopeful, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. usmahopeful

    usmahopeful 5-Year Member

    Nov 1, 2010
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    What's the policy about transferring from SA to SA? And if a cadet finishes his freshman year at West Point but wants to go to AFA, can he enter AFA as a sophomore or does he have to to go in with the freshman class? Any input is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you
  2. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator 5-Year Member

    Jul 26, 2008
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    There are no transfers.

    If a cadet/mid'n wishes to leave their SA and enter another, then they must:

    a. Resign their appointment at their SA
    b. Request a nomination from their MoC
    c. Go through the entire selection process again
    d. Be fortunate enough to both receive a nomination and be appointed

    And that last one, "D", is something I think will be similar to climbing Mount Everest without oxygen: possible, but really REALLY difficult.


    Because if I were the nominating board chairman (which I am for my MoC), my first question is: WHY are you resigning from the SA? Why don't you complete the program you've entered? Why not then attempt a service transfer? Why would you resign your appointment at "XXX" which means you took a slot someone else would die to have, and then tossed it away to change your mind and attempt another SA?

    Harsh questions? Perhaps, but I guarantee they'd be asked.

    Long answer, I realize, but I think you need to know all this.

    USAFA '83
  3. Saul

    Saul 5-Year Member

    Aug 26, 2010
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    I believe starting at any of the academies begins the 4 year process, so you would start your 4 years over if you transferred. (someone correct me if im wrong).

    But why go AFA if your just planning to transfer after one year?
  4. Christcorp

    Christcorp 5-Year Member

    May 21, 2008
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    Yes, you would start the academy all over again and do all 4 years. Hell, you could be a Dougie Howser (If you don't know who this is, then I'm too old) and finish a master's degree by the time you're 20 years old; and if you went to the air force academy, you'd still have to do 4 years.

    As for WHY a person would start one, only to transfer, there is usually one or two reasons.

    1. They didn't get their first academy choice, and thought: "No problem. I'll accept this appointment and then simply transfer". Beeep wrong answer. See Flieger's answer.

    2. They thought they really wanted a particular academy, then realized that it wasn't what they really wanted. Problem here is; academically, the academies are pretty much the same. There might be a different aura or attitude at each, but it's only 4 years. As Steve mentioned, you would be better off finishing the academy you're at, and then transferring to a different branch of the military. This isn't difficult.

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