The Role of Blue and Gold Officers

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by usna1985, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. usna1985

    usna1985 10-Year Member

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    Assume this was said in jest. However, in reality, it's not true. I have no issues with a candidate who also wants to attend another SA (as well as USNA). My goal is to ensure a candidate ends up at the right/best SA for him/her. There is no benefit to anyone if someone attends USNA who really wants to be at USMA. Or the converse. So telling me that you are also interested in another SA will not cause me to ding you at all. I might actually talk longer so I can explain the benefits of USNA.

    That said, if you have zero interest in attending USNA, don't waste your time or mine.
     
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    Old Navy BGO 5-Year Member

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    ^ Absolutely. Many of our candidates apply for multiple Service Academies. I will never disparage another Service Academy, but will talk about what I perceive to be the benefits of USNA over the others. One of the biggest advantages of USNA is the broad range of Service Selection choices- you can do virtually anything out of USNA that you could do out of all the other Service Academies combined., plus some.
     
  3. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    I took it purely as a wise crack made completely in good fun. :biglaugh:
     
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    And you would be correct, sir. :rolleyes:
     
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  5. usna1985

    usna1985 10-Year Member

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    I know it was a joke. But some over-anxious candidates and parents might not get it.
     
  6. Tigermom3

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    Thank you usna1985 for your post, it's very helpful. My DS is a second time applicant and we live in an extremely competitive district, only 1 nomination per SA. Last year his interview with his BGO went very well and the officer told my son that if he pref'ed USNA in his MOC interview that he would 'write and rewrite letters until the board gives him an appointment.' My DS enjoyed his candidate weekend at USNA and it was his strong second choice but pref'ed USAFA. The BGO has contacted my son again saying, 'looking forward to getting you that appointment this year.' My DS has excellent grades/test scores, average CFA, excellent volunteer hours, strong leadership, his week link-low athletics (he's a musician). DS is now attending a SAP (self sponsored) and thriving, it has made his desire to go to a SA even stronger. After our disappointment last year, I have a hard time trusting any part of this process. My question, does a BGO hold that much influence in the process?
     
  7. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    The following is an excerpt from the "sticky" post on the first page of this thread (also posted by @usna1985 ). It lists the most frequently asked questions about BGO's.

    How much can the BGO interview help or hurt me?

    That is very difficult to answer. If the BGO really likes you as a candidate, it might be a small help. Again, this has nothing to do with whether you and the BGO "get along"; rather, it's how the BGO perceives you as a candidate. If the BGO has -- AND CAN DOCUMENT -- significant concerns, it could hurt.

    Do BGOs have any "vote" in the admissions process?

    Outside of the interview, no. We don't sit on the admissions board and aren't contacted by the board.
     
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  8. Old Navy BGO

    Old Navy BGO 5-Year Member

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    - The BGO doesn't "get you an appointment" and if an accurate quote, I would say it is probably an inappropriate comment. That being said, I am pretty confident that what the BGO meant is that he was looking forward to helping the DS achieve his goal of getting an Appointment.

    BGO's aren't supposed to "play favorites" and help one candidate to the detriment of others. They simply advise, counsel, and evaluate as they see them. We do not rank the candidates, and frankly don't see large portions of a Candidates application, so we really don't have the basis to tell which Candidates are most qualified.
     
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  9. Tigermom3

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    Thank you for your response. When DS has to pref, I want him to have as much information as possible to make a fair decision. I do believe that DS's BGO wants to help as much as possible (quote was accurate but now taking it with a grain of salt!).