Second Round Application


10-Year Member
5-Year Member
Jan 14, 2009
Good Afternoon,

I have question regarding my potential as a candidate for the USAFA class of 2013. I won't post my scores, extracurriculars, etc., but to give you an idea of my resume, I received a principal nomination from my congressman two years ago, and was offered an appointment to the class of 2011. For several reasons at the time, I declined this appointment and accepted an AFROTC scholarship at a civilian university. I am now, obviously, rethinking this decision.

Onto my real question: My grades are better now, my CFA score is better, I received another nomination, and I was ranked first in my ROTC class and have a large increase in extracurricular activities and community service. I was also team captain of my varsity soccer and lacrosse teams senior year of high school, which was not on my original application.


I have now experimented with Marijuana several times at the very beginning of college. I have not used any drugs for almost a year and a half, but will be filling out the USAFA Form 0-501 - Drug and Alcohol Use Circumstances.

For the more experienced members of the forum, would you think that my improved GPA, extracurriculars, etc. will counter the obvious mistake of drug use that I made? Again, there is almost 18 months since the last drug use, but there was a total of seven separate occurrences where I experimented with marijuana.

Any and all input would be more than appreciated. Thank you for your help and time.

With Mutual Respect,

Couldn't tell you, none of know anything really about your situation. The boards may or may not think its waiverable. I have a friend here who went throught he same process, so its not career ending for USAFA (but will prevent you from entering some career fields).
Do you know which career fields it may preclude me from? A fellow ROTC cadet I knew received a waiver for Marijuana use and still earned a pilot's slot. Again, any and all comments are greatly appreciated.
I can't think of them off the top of my head, sorry. Also consider that it may make your security clearance process more difficult.
Have you had your ALO interview, and if so, did you leave the impression that you've absolutely moved on and is passionate about USAFA?