USMAPS Possibilities for DS?

Discussion in 'Service Academy Preparatory Schools' started by Roadking, Nov 29, 2018.

  1. Roadking

    Roadking 5-Year Member

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    I’m looking for some info regarding the possibility of USMAPS for my DS. My older DS is a USMA Grad class of 2017 and was a recruited athlete (he did not attend USMAPS), younger DS is not recruited athlete but would play Club Hockey if offered admission to WP. He is a 3 year varsity player and plays U18AAA travel hockey but isn’t attracting offers for D1 so I think it will be Club Hockey in College.
    Even though I know just about everything there is to know about WP, I thought the USMAPS was 100% for recruited athletes and prior service enlisted soldiers. I see from another thread that there are slots for non-recruited students, so I’d like to see if my DS might fit the profile? I don’t believe he has any chance of receiving an appointment to USMA given his test scores.

    GPA 3.86 AP English, AP Economics, AP History
    ACT 27 (35 English, 26 Math, 24 Science, 23 Reading)
    SAT 1230 (620 Math, 610 Verbal)
    Boys State Attendee
    Student Leadership Council
    Volunteers weekly helping disabled kids play hockey by pushing their sleds
    Travel hockey Captain
    Passed CFA
    Passed DODMERB

    Applying for AROTC Scholarship

    Would it help if he let the Field Force Representative know he has interest in USMAPS?

    Thanks
     
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  2. CO_Monkey

    CO_Monkey New Member

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    I've poured over this forum for over a year now...a lot of incredible guidance is provided, though I couldn't find much on USMAPS.

    This is my first post...

    My DS applied to USMA last year (for class of 2022) and did not receive a direct appointment (similar GPA, 1310 SAT) . His Field Force Rep reached out to him in March to let him know that he would not receive a direct appointment, but they felt he was a very strong candidate. They asked if he'd be interested in USMAPS (via email). My DS responded immediately expressing extreme interest in any path to USMA (as well as serving our country). He was then nominated by that FFR for our region of the country for a slot at USMAPS (more waiting...). 10 from our region were nominated (more waiting...), 3 slots were available (more waiting...), he made it in and is now in the class of 2019 at USMAPS.

    At USMAPS R-Day (this past July) I was surprised to see the class this year is comprised of about 34% prior enlisted, 33% recruited athletes, and 33% academically borderline cadet candidates (CC's). My DS' experience at USMAPS has been incredibly positive (and he is working his tail off). A strong academic program designed to help build CC's skills in all areas, especially academics (Dec 2018 SAT score of 1430). They clearly want all USMAPS CC's to get appointed to and be successful at USMA.

    While I was disappointed at first that my DS didn't get a direct appointment to USMA. I now believe USMAPS is one of the best things for him and he is now much better prepared for success at USMA.

    I hope this is not too long and somewhat helpful and encouraging.

    Good luck to your DS!
     
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  3. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    Great post, and one I will bookmark to use for those disinclined to accept a prep path after not receiving an appointment.

    It is indeed a “golden ticket” for those who complete it successfully.

    I look forward to his appointment being posted in the USMA appointment list in a few months!

    He will have gained experience with a military culture, a year’s maturity away from home, confidence in his academics, a feeling of accomplishment and a ready-made set of friends when he reports in. A longer path, but for those who accept, a rewarding one.
     
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  4. ginapenny

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    @Roadking and @CO_Monkey, I truly believe that is on point. While my DS applied to USAFA, he was just appointed to the prep school class of 2020. I am very excited, not only for the opportunity but the fact that they saw something in my DS. I think it will prepare him well. I wish your DS the best of luck and hoping that CO_Monkey's DS will be appointed!!!
     
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  5. CO_Monkey

    CO_Monkey New Member

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    @ginapenny, congratulations to your DS, you should be very proud! As my DS is now surrounded with incredible people at USMAPS, building life-long bonds, your DS will undoubtedly create similar bonds that better prepare him for long-term success. The only advice my DS has to share is...get your DS running like never before...Basic was a tough wake-up call!

    Thanks also to your DS for his willingness to serve this great nation!