Applying next cycle. DS (a Junior) is a PO1 and will receive Chief in June. He’s been in Sea Cadets since 8th grade, and has attended many incredible trainings such as Coast Guard Maritime Interdiction Ops and FAA Ground School. The program has helped guide his career focus, but we also know that it’s just one part of being a well rounded individual. We’ve been told the Academy looks favorably upon it, but not to the exclusion of other activities. Therefore, DS has worked very hard to heed the advice of other posters on these forums. He is also “band heavy” but has taken on a varsity sport, is extremely physically fit, and will attend Boys State in June. Like another poster said recently, it’s a 6AM to 11PM kind of high school schedule, but it’s what he has chosen to do; it’s part of the journey. Although he hopes that the leadership experience and community outreach in Sea Cadets helps show commitment to service, he is fully aware that he must prove himself in so many other ways, including GPA and test scores, etc, etc.