Questions for a Current Cadet!

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by Tx2AFA, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. Tx2AFA

    Tx2AFA USAFA '23

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm a current '23er here at USAFA.

    This forum was extremely helpful to me as I made my way here to the Air Force Academy so I thought one of the ways that I could give back would be through answering some questions for any prospective applicants. Feel free to ask anything about basic, cadet (doolie) life, or anything else you may have on your mind!

    Also feel free to PM if you'd prefer I answer your questions there.
     
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  2. txfwindian

    txfwindian Member

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    Thanks Tx2Afa
    Would you share ( if you can) what was your candidate profile like? Such as SAT, Athletics, CFA, Leadership, GPA and anything pertinent. Anything that can help
     
  3. Tx2AFA

    Tx2AFA USAFA '23

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    Sure!

    GPA: 4.6 Weighted
    Rank: 2/98
    SAT: 1430
    Athletics: 4-years on varsity basketball and team captain two of those
    CFA: Don't remember exact numbers but ~70 pushups, ~80 sit-ups, 6:00 mile, maxed basketball throw, maxed shuttle, 10 pull-ups
    Leadership: Class President, Basketball Captain, Founded and led an investment club at my school
    Other stuff: National Merit Scholar, a lot of community service
     
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  4. Air Force7

    Air Force7 Aim High, Fly-Fight-Win.

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    Did you get an LOA? Any mistakes you made prior or while at the Academyand tips you have to prevent them? Anyways, congrats on being accepted, and thanks for doing this!
     
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  5. Tx2AFA

    Tx2AFA USAFA '23

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    I did not receive an LOA and few I know here did either -- the AFA is different from the other Academy's in that since. As to mistakes, nothing major really comes to mind. To appointees I would say keep your head level but make the most of your senior year and enjoy the last few months that you have at home. Don't stress too much about BCT because it will suck no matter how hard you prepare, the cadre ensure that.
     
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  6. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator 10-Year Member

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    The AFA gives out VERY FEW LOA's except to recruited athletes and the "very few" above amazing academic superstars.

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
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  7. trackandfield08

    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014 10-Year Member

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    I would advise candidates and parents on this forum to ask current cadets questions about their experiences, rather than their statistics or application. While there is always a formula to the admissions process, each individual applicant is different and will be treated as such by an admissions board. Strive to get good grades, shoot for high test scores, demonstrate leadership skills, and enjoy the ride as you attempt to achieve your goal. You can only control your own accomplishments, comparing yourself to others and worrying about LOAs will only cause you unnecessary stress.

    Instead, use this thread and others like it as an opportunity to get the unfiltered “truth” of a SA experience from someone currently living it. They have no obligation to make USAFA sound like a place of only sunshine and rainbows, they can give you the good, the bad, and the sometimes ugly.

    @Tx2AFA Congratulations on completing basic! Could you please share your thoughts on your experience? Were there things that you found to be more difficult than you anticipated? Easier? Do you have any advice for future cadets in terms of basic or preparing for it? Have you felt any regret at any point in your decision to attend USAFA?
     
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  8. Ditka089

    Ditka089 New Member

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    So much competition to get into SAs... once in, are your peers super competitive still or are they supportive of each other?
     
  9. txfwindian

    txfwindian Member

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    I spoke recently with some one who graduated from USMA ( about 12 years back) about exactly the same thing. The response I received, I was in awe. He told me that every one was supportive and ready to help your make it even though it is competitive. He said remember it’s about team work and once you are in the field / duty, you carry the same feeling that your goal is to bring everyone home safe. His remarks was that you want to succeed and at the same time want to help others succeed and make it as well. Again this was over 12 years back.
     
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  10. USAFA10s

    USAFA10s USAFA Class of 2012 Kirtland, AFB 10-Year Member

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    My info might be a little old, but I think in this case it is likely still solid. Even in the case where helping classmates literally hurts your grade (physics major's courses that are graded on a curve) everyone was willing to help everyone else. USAFA was one of the most supportive environments I have ever been in, and you can still see it in the grad community - we have a networking page on Facebook and it is amazing how fast grads reach out to help other grads.
     
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  11. BBBRRRTT

    BBBRRRTT Member

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    ......."to get the unfiltered “truth"........
    Come on, there is a little filtering going on don't you think? That's why there are moderators on this forum.
     
  12. Tx2AFA

    Tx2AFA USAFA '23

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    Super supportive. There are definitely times when we are pitted against one another in competitions but the entirety of BCT as well as the environment during the academic year is designed to make you work as a team and help one another. The friendships and relationships I have made here in two months are already stronger than nearly all I had back home. Everyone from the upperclassmen to the faculty here are looking to help you succeed and will ultimately do whatever it takes to ensure that happens if you too put in the effort.
     
  13. Ditka089

    Ditka089 New Member

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    So glad to hear this. Thanks for ur candid response