Try Again

habakkuk15

New Member
Well it's the time of year where everyone who is still CPR begins to freak out. I was left at CPR until April 4th, 2016. I was sitting in my truck before school, and I saw the email. I remember leaving thinking I was going to cry. However, I never did. I thought about how I had failed at a life long dream, then all I could think about was I technically had 3 or 4 more shots at it. If this was my dream, I could get it. I became a college programmer in NROTC and successfully reapplied. In the movie Annapolis, the man giving the opening speech says many of these kids do not know failure. If i was a direct entry, I would have fit in to that statement. And all I can say is thank God I didn't get in direct. I remember I was dropped off at a university 6 hours away and I cried. This was the first time I can remember crying in a while, being dropped off at the academy would've been a death sentence. I got a chance to grow and to become not so dependent on my parents. Also, at my new student orientation for ROTC, I got blasted by a staff sergeant. Honestly, I may never be the same after that, it was when I hit that reality of what I am signing up for. I couldn't have imagined realizing that so far from home. I honestly believe that a year before USNA was just about the best thing I could've have gotten. If it is really your dream you should have no issue with picking yourself up and trying again, best of luck to all 2022 college reapplicants.
 

usna1985

10-Year Member
Absolutely agree with the OP. Also understand CTNope's view. One thing I've learned in life is that things (even "bad" things) often happen for a reason. There have been many times when something I very much wanted didn't happen and I later realized the alternative path I was "forced" to take in all likelihood produced a better ending.

A TWE is a bitter pill for those on this forum who have dreamed, planned, and strived for USNA for much of their "adult" lives -- maybe even worse for parents. Some candidates like the OP will successfully reapply and be stronger for it. Others will become officers via other sources. And still others will move on to a terrific civilian career, which may in fact be the better path in the long run.

It sounds trite, but disappointment is what you make of it. You can be bitter, rail against "the system," declare it "isn't fair," etc. You think the rest of the world cares -- they don't. They're moving on with their lives. Happened to me when I was sent to an assignment I didn't want -- I moaned and complained and was bitter . . . The ONLY one who suffered was me. Never acted like that since.

If you receive the TWE, it's ok to be crushed -- for a moment. Then, as the OP did, pick yourself up and continue be the very best you can be on your alternative path. Remember, "When God closes a door, He opens a window."
 

Old Navy BGO

5-Year Member
I went to NAPS ...for many a good consolation, and a ticket into USNA. I was disappointed at the time, and thought I was "wasting a year". In retrospect, its the best thing that ever happened to me. I matured, learned how to study and manage time, and it certainly helped! If you get an Offer to NAPS , take it.
 
Well it's the time of year where everyone who is still CPR begins to freak out. I was left at CPR until April 4th, 2016. I was sitting in my truck before school, and I saw the email. I remember leaving thinking I was going to cry. However, I never did. I thought about how I had failed at a life long dream, then all I could think about was I technically had 3 or 4 more shots at it. If this was my dream, I could get it. I became a college programmer in NROTC and successfully reapplied. In the movie Annapolis, the man giving the opening speech says many of these kids do not know failure. If i was a direct entry, I would have fit in to that statement. And all I can say is thank God I didn't get in direct. I remember I was dropped off at a university 6 hours away and I cried. This was the first time I can remember crying in a while, being dropped off at the academy would've been a death sentence. I got a chance to grow and to become not so dependent on my parents. Also, at my new student orientation for ROTC, I got blasted by a staff sergeant. Honestly, I may never be the same after that, it was when I hit that reality of what I am signing up for. I couldn't have imagined realizing that so far from home. I honestly believe that a year before USNA was just about the best thing I could've have gotten. If it is really your dream you should have no issue with picking yourself up and trying again, best of luck to all 2022 college reapplicants.
So you did receive an appointment for this year? Thank you for your story!
 
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