While correct, I would still recommend applying to multiple academies if one is still uncertain which service they want. It gives them a chance to postpone the decision until nomination time, if a nom to one academy is all that's available. If multiples are available then it's gravy and perhaps the odds of going to at least one of the academies just increased.Really depends your nominations sources. If you are only eligible for a congressional nomination, some congressional districts/states will nominate you to one SA only.
If you have multiple nomination sources, then why not try other SAs as a Plan B.
Another thing to mention is that as your son goes through the process his preference could change. As long as he is not completely opposed to a specific branch he should apply.
After they explode all the academies, I recommend they decide on one or multiple SAs based on what they want to do AFTER they commissioned. They will all be in leadership roles, but in some very distinct and different environments.I would explore them all.
One of the MOCs in our state wants to see applications to all 3 Academies because they believe that the candidate must place service above how they serve, so it is important to attend your state's Academy Day if they have one and get he real skinny.
Ditto. DS had USNA application completed in late Aug and the other two in Oct. He ended up with a nom to USAFA (top choice) ONLY. DS ultimately ended up with the appointment in Jan. DS is from the north Texas district.It depends on your state/nomination sources/congressional district. Our son learned the hard way. He had applied to USAFA and USNA. Had both applications complete before November 1.
Our district will only give one nomination to one academy. Our district communicates with senators and if you have a senate nomination you are not even interviewed /considered. Son didn't discover this until his congressional interview when he only interviewed with the USAFA panel (1st choice). He was never even considered for a Nomination to USNA. There was a lot of time put into the USNA application, essays, BGO Interview, submitting all the test scores/transcripts for him to not even have a chance. Lesson learned. He has a nomination to USAFA but would have liked to have been considered or allowed to try for a nomination to USNA.
It's a hard to read on these forums about many kids having multiple nominations to all the academies when your kid was only eligible for 1.
As some have already mentioned, you can desire to apply to more than one, but it is very possible that applying to more than one could be futile. The gatekeeper on this whole process is if your Senators and House Rep coordinate nominations and do not offer a candidate more than one. I would start there. If they do not offer the opportunity to garner more than one nomination, do all of your due diligence now, figure out what branch your child wants to be in and apply accordingly to that SA along with Coast Guard.We are new to all of this- so very new. DS is applying to Air Force Academy AND ROTC at the same time- we are trying to decide if he should apply to another SA in addition (probably Navy.) Is this a feasible or smart choice?