USAFA Prep School Class of 2019?

Discussion in 'Service Academy Preparatory Schools' started by Oscar Whiskey, Feb 22, 2018.

  1. Oscar Whiskey

    Oscar Whiskey Member

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    DS was notified that he has an offer to attend USAFA Prep. He also has an appointment to USMA. Its tough watching him trying to weigh his options. I'm trying to give him all the facts so he can make a decision based on facts and on where he envisions himself in 6 years. Hats off to all the kids who've already accepted thier PSchool offers. I know it's not an easy decision--I made the decision to go to USAFAPS in 1985--it was the best decision of my USAFA career.
     
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    Way to go! It's so awesome that he has choices! BRAVO USMA is just as awesome.. (ok, well almost ;))
     
  3. nhstudent2018

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    I was in a very similar situation, I had a direct appointment to USMA and declined it to attend NAPS. I just felt that I would best serve my country in the naval service. Your DS has two great opportunities and I hope he succeeds either way he chooses.
     
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    Congratulations to your son!! He has two great options and can’t go wrong either way. I would just sit down and have a conversation about whether he’d rather have a career in the Air Force or the Army. If he has his heart set on the USAF, reassure him that the year will fly by and he will be a cadet before he knows it! (Although you’ve probably already had this conversation seeing as you were a preppie. )

    Aim High! Congrats again.
     
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  5. Oscar Whiskey

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    Another element to the decision making is that his cousin also has a direct appointment to West Point. But I’ve reiterated that his decision needs to be based on his own goals and how he wants to serve.
     
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    Wow! That’s quite a decision he has to make! It’s so hard, considering they are kids making very mature decisions. I am sure he will make the right decision! Good luck!
     
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  8. Oscar Whiskey

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    Update--DS has chosen to go to USAFA Prep School! So the planning for trips to CO has started! I wonder when we'll see more PSchoolers posting to the forum? Looking through the site -- it looks like USAFA offers PSchool slots all the way through June!
     
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    Congrats to him!!
     
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  10. serviceaboveAll

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    @oscar- Congrats to you and your DS! Nice to have that peace of mind knowing where DD/DS’s are heading in the fall. DS recently rec’d waiver from AFA (yeah!) and no TWE yet, so still playing the waiting game. I know DS is open to prep school if offered. Would you mind sharing your DS stats? I know it doesn’t confirm anything either way, but I guess I’m trying to figure out if he’s close? And could this be a possibility/ option? Feel free to PM if that is a better option. Many thanks for any feedback:)
     
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  11. Humey

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    That has to be a tough decision. Because in reality you are weighing a guarantee spot at West Point against a very possible spot to USAFA. I say very possible because its not a guarantee and what happens if he doesnt do well at Prep school for whatever reason. Not saying the decision was wrong, but I would have a hard time deciding
     
  12. Oscar Whiskey

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    Agree Humey--very tough decision -- West Point is a guranteed appointment-- would be classmates with his cousin; within drving distance of NYC, and 5 hours from home by car. Plus the network of the Long Grey Line. But he's talked to plenty of preppies both at the academy and old guys-- heck my USAFA Prep School roomie--just pinned on his second star! The Bottom-line is that he wants to fly fixed wing aircraft and he wont get that chance out of USMA.
     
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    @Oscar Whiskey and any others with information/knowledge: I am curious if you or others know what it means to be still in the waiting? Many have received nominations, and some have received prep offers. My DS has not received any word one way or the other. Have any rejections been given other than medically disqualified?
     
  14. Oscar Whiskey

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    I think it means you’re still in the running. The big wave hasn’t come yet.
     
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  15. Oscar Whiskey

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    So now the big debate is send him solo or go en masse. My preference is solo. If there were some big tradition or family events held by USAFA Prep then I’d reconsider. Any opinions on this forum?
     
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    we said our goodbyes at the airport with our DS when he left last year for AFPrepschool. we had to choose our travels so we went out for parents weekend since we could spend more time with DS. If we could afford it we would go out for every event.
     
  17. Oscar Whiskey

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    I joined the Facebook USAFA Prep Parents page and scrolled back to 2018s inprocessing. It looks like a large number of parents do attend. I guess things have changed since 1985! Now I’m reconsidering my plans...
     
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    Congratulations, but I was hoping to have some help cheering for AF when they play WP this year. All the best to your son.
     
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    DD was notified that she has an offer to attend USAFAPS. She also has an appointment to USMMA (her brother is class of 2021). We just booked her a last minute trip to COS for later this week, but she will not receive an official tour because they are full/not available. She will have an overnight at USMMA next week and attend the Open House. I am hoping that the visits will lead her to a decision. Can anyone offer information about USAFAPS that she may miss by not having an escorted tour? Additionally, any advice which could help her reach a decision is welcomed and appreciated!
     
  20. Humey

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    I of course dont have answer but what does your daughter want to do with her life. I mean being in the Air Force is quite different than having some sort of naval/merchant career.. You could look at one way and say, a spot in the USMMA is better than a spot inPre USAFA. That would be understandable. If you were choosing between two colleges where both had engineering, well you would be an engineer no matter what school you attended. Go into the Air Force and the concentration is on the air and space. Go to USMMA and you concentration is the water. The SA isnt the goal. It is what happens afterwards.
     
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