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

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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!
     
  6. camotac23

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    CO_Monkey,

    I received a TWE from USMA today. I talked with my FFR about how I would value an experience at USMAPS. Even though I have a TWE, is there still a chance that I will hear about USMAPS? I was wondering how long after your DS got rejected that he heard from his FFR about prep. Also, did your DS find out about his rejection through snail mail first or email? Thank you so much for your time.
     
  7. Labrador

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    My DS got a TWE last week by snail mail. There has been nothing on the portal. He contacted his RO and was told that prep school selection is separate from the admissions decision. So you should reach out about an AOG or USMAPS, depending on which would be appropriate for your situation. DS let his RO know that he was interested in prep school, so we are waiting and hoping. Good luck to you! My older DS did prep and it was the best decision he ever made.
     
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    tug_boat 5-Year Member

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    USMAPS is usually reserved for prior enlisted, athletes and under represented applicants who need to have there academic skills polished up. You must be "Academically Disqualified" to be considered. And there is no guarantees of passing or being accepted.

    There are the foundation prep programs such as NWP and others that an AoG scholarship would apply. There are aprox 40 to 50 available each year.

    Please research this other path through prep schools as mentioned

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
  9. FCH76

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    My DS was at USMAPS this year. His stats were exactly that of your DS. He was qualified in all other areas when he applied to the academy, but was a little weak in one subject due to gaps in knowledge through high school. He now has an A+ in that subject at USMAPS, just supermaxed his AFPT 8 months after shoulder surgery, and awarded the German Armed Forces Proficiency badge-Gold. He grew up in Germany so this accomplishment was very important to him. USMAPS definitely served him well and he will start USMA 1 July. He was neither a recruited athlete (although he did make the USMAPS soccer team and then dislocated his shoulder), prior-enlisted, nor under represented. He's just a hard working kid who wants to serve his country as a 4th generation military member and that apparently came through in his interview and essays. Just a little encouragement to those who are a bit week in an area, but are determined to get to USMA (or any other SA) who don't fall into one of those categories. There is a bit of subjectivity that comes along with the WCS when selecting candidates for the SAs or Prep. I think desire and passion go a long way (granted they are qualified in the other areas). If the candidate can channel their desire properly in the interview and essay, anything is possible. Also, there's no penalty for him expressing his interest in prep or AOG. It doesn't mean he'll get in the prep school or be awarded an AOG, but I think it puts the possibility at the forefront of the AO/FFRs mind when discussing your DS at the admissions board meetings.

    Thanks
     
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  10. Ange_craft

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    Just to reply to the original question on this thread... USMAPS is not only for recruited athletes. My DS received an LOA to USMAPS for this coming fall ... he is a football player but not a D1 recruit. His was likely because his test scores were a weak spot for him and his GPA was a 3.5. However he was a strong candidate in all other aspects. Also you asked should your son mention his interest in USMAPS... YES!!! My DS told his field Officer he actually preferred to start at USMAPS and I do believe it made a difference.

    Sadly, my son received a DQ for a peanut allergy and while it’s in remedial it is not looking good for him. So after all that and an LOA he is likely going to be denied. We are heartbroken.