I am a reapplicant to USMA and have been 3Qed since mid January. I have been appointed to USCGA, but I really want to go to West Point. I have contacted my RC and he has said I am still in the running but asked if I was interested in Civil Prep. It's frustrating because people have gotten in who are less qualified, but are getting in for other reasons. Has anyone ever been offered Civil prep after a year in college and does this mean my chances of getting this year are over?
First, let me say that I understand your frustrations. It is extremely frustrating when we want something badly and are a) never given the opportunity to have it or b) delayed in our gratification.
However, and this is something I consistently emphasize with applicants, parents, teachers and others, YOU are unable to determine who is MORE QUALIFIED, QUALIFIED or LESS QUALIFIED than any other individual. You do not sit on the board, do not review applications and are not privy to the information that Admissions Officers, ROs and other individuals are able to view. You've almost completed your first year of college with all As, congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment. However, there could be an applicant who has a lower GPA but goes to school, plays sports, is involved in clubs AND has to work a part-time job to help support his family while taking care of a sibling because he is from a single-parent family. My point is, you don't know who these people are anymore than they know who you are.
Do people get in because SA's need to recruit athletes for their programs? Yes
Do people get in because SA's are trying to diversify their officer corps in terms of ethnicity and gender? Yes
Do these people sometimes have lower metric based qualifications? Yes
Is it fair? Not always but then, that's life. It's better you learn to accept that reality right now.
Let me give you some advice. You've been given the opportunity to potentially be given a civil prep spot to be groomed to attend West Point. That is a much better response and opportunity than the thousands of applicants who have receive a simple 'No." As a re-applicant, I can imagine you understand the feeling of that rejection. What you have received this time is not rejection but an opportunity. You've also received an appointment to CGA while others apply to all SAs and receive no appointment. I have classmates that graduated college and then went to the Academy, I have classmates who applied 3 0r 4 times until they were accepted directly and 2 or 3 times before they were offered prep school slots. Not everything we want in life happens in the way we want it. Learn to be flexible now and you'll save yourself a lot of heartbreak going forward. My story, I was accepted to USCGA 2013. I arrived for Swab Summer and was medically discharged AT THE END of Swab Summer while I watched my classmates and new friends receive their shoulder boards. I went home and attended community college because that was the only institution I could be accepted to that late in the summer. I worked two jobs and definitely did not get to have that "freshman year experience." Fast forward 7 years and I graduated with the Class of 2014 and have been AD for 3 years. I tell everyone that asks that being derailed and not having my life work out in the way I wanted/planned was the BEST thing that every happened to me.
As another posted stated, do you want to go to West Point or do you want serve and lead as an officer in the Army? If your answer is only the first, than don't bother. If it's both, continue to apply until you no longer can. But if it's primarily the second, then look at other options such as ROTC or SMCs. At the end of the day, West Point is only four years of someone's life. It is not the end all be all. Do you want just the Army or would you rather have the privilege to serve this nation as an officer in any branch? You may find that you like the Coast Guard just as much or more than the Army.
Good luck to you. I hope someone can answer the question you've asked. I just couldn't allow myself to read this thread and not post.