US citizen living abroad, my chances?

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by KLCman, Feb 2, 2017.

  1. KLCman

    KLCman Member

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    I'm a US citizen living in Europe at the moment. I'm originally from Virginia, so I still had to compete for a nomination from the two senators and congressman there. I feel I'm in an awkward situation because, as I was told by someone who worked in USAFA admissions, the senators and congressman are slow to give a nomination to someone not currently linking in their state/district. So here I've completed my application in December (heard nothing from the academy yet) and received no nomination. Waiting to hear from VP nom though.

    To get some insight into my application,
    SAT 1300, GPA 3.7/3.8, (it's hard to convert European grades to gpa). Mostly A's and some B's. All my courses are at the highest available levels.
    2nd degree black belt TKD + TKD instructor for 1 year.
    Dinghy sailing and racing + yacht racing. I've been a volunteer sailing instructor for 4 years.
    On crew team for 5 years.
    Played for rugby team for 3 years.
    Swimming for 1 year.
    Red Cross member and volunteer + experience with ambulance duty.
    Youth ministry leader.
    Volunteer in local hospital and nursing home.
    Volunteer with local tidy town committee.
    I was an exchange student in France in 10th grade.
    School club leader.
    School government secretary + treasurer.
    In charge of organising school prom.

    And of course a passionate desire and determination to serve and protect our country in the USAF.

    I would really appreciate any feedback. I know others have posted chance me threads, but living abroad, I'm not very familiar with the whole process of selection.
    Thank you in advance.

    By the way, is there absolutely no chance of attending the Academy without obtaining a nomination?
     
  2. Navybrat98

    Navybrat98 Member

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    This is pretty much the same situation with me. I have very similar stats and I have applied to all the academies with nothing but a presidential nomination (I also believe living overseas hurt my nomination chances). I would love to hear what anyone has to say about this!
     
  3. Einstein'sFriend

    Einstein'sFriend New Member

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    I lived overseas in Japan. I didn't apply for a nomination but somehow got into the Prep School. Just received my nomination from my Congresswoman. Believe it or not, being overseas may help you out. You could get a slot at the Prep School or one of the other Falcon Programs if you don't get into the Academy.
     
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  4. Tx2AFA

    Tx2AFA USAFA '23

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    I live overseas and am a legal resident of Texas. I just recently was appointed to the Air Force Academy following a nomination from my Congressman. I definitely think that if your stats are very competitive for your district/the academy you living overseas won't hinder your chances of receiving a nomination and may even help in the process.
     
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  5. NAAF

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    Congratulations. When and how did you find out about appointment?
     
  6. Tx2AFA

    Tx2AFA USAFA '23

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    My congressman notified me on the 29th of January. The Academy updated my portal on the 2nd of February. @NAAF
     
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  7. KLCman

    KLCman Member

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    Congratulations!
    If you don't mind me asking, what kind of stats did you have?
     
  8. Tx2AFA

    Tx2AFA USAFA '23

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    @KLCman

    SAT 1: 1430/1600 (720 Math, 710 Reading)
    SAT 2's: 710 on Spanish
    GPA: Unweighted 3.90
    Rank: My school doesn't rank but I am top 5%
    I am part of the IB (International Baccalaureate) program since my school doesn't offer AP.
    Senior Schedule: IB Spanish HL, IB Economics HL, IB Physics HL, IB Mathematics HL, Dual-Enrollment International Relations, and IB Swahili.

    Extracurriculars: President of several clubs with a large focus on community service.
    Sports: 4-year member of varsity basketball, Captain for two years
    I performed very well on the CFA: 70 Push-Ups 90 Sit-Ups 6:00 mile and 100-foot basketball throw.

    Other stuff: I have lived in four nations and speak three languages. I have work experience at US Embassies around the world which is very rare and highly sought after work.
     
  9. Cerberi

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    I don't think the vast majority of MOCS care that you live overseas as long as you are considered to be a resident of their district for nomination purposes.

    The nomination process tends to not be political

    Plebe in DDs class went to high school overseas (parents were not military) and I believe for the appointment USNA looked favorably on his time in a different country

    However at this point if you don't have a nomination- realistically the VP nominations are a long shot