Was an academy your first choice?

Discussion in 'Service Academy Parents' started by Maplerock, Sep 4, 2017.


If your DD/DS had received a full tuition/room & board scholarship to a first rate college...

  1. Would they have accepted it?

  2. Would they have declined it and accept an academy appt?

  3. My child(or yourself)did have a full ride offer and declined it to attend academy

  4. My child (or yourself) is ROTC but would not be if offer full ride without it

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  1. AF6872

    AF6872 10-Year Member

    Mar 4, 2007
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    DD said USNA or nowhere. Thank God she got it. No Plan B C or D. First and only choice.
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  2. AZWPDad04

    AZWPDad04 Member

    Mar 16, 2017
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    DS took a similar, no plan B, approach with USMA . Received LOA early on but had to navigate the medical waiver process. Luckily it worked out in the end. Wanted to go nowhere but WP since 4th grade.
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  3. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

    Feb 10, 2010
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    Older son declined a WP appointment and attended a University with AROTC, his younger brother decided not to apply for an appointment and followed his older brother to AROTC at the same university. Both applied for the AROTC scholarships and received 4 yr's, neither had R&B paid by the school.
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  4. Eulerchick

    Eulerchick Member

    May 1, 2015
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    DD only wanted a service academy. Applied to other colleges/universities because counselors encouraged her to. Picked USMMA and couldn't be happier! Is now an EMT (through USMMA) and is set to go on her sea year next month!
  5. Christcorp

    Christcorp 5-Year Member

    May 21, 2008
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    Something I'd like to add to the discussion.

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with having only 1 branch of the military in mind. Some people feel compelled; or are advised by their MOC or others to apply to ALL of the academies. If your whole intent is to "Serve"; or..... you simply care about the "Free Education" and are willing to serve in any branch, (Yes, there are those who's primary purpose of applying is for the education - and there's nothing wrong with this); then what branch of the military you apply to; either academy or ROTC is fine.

    But there are some that only want one particular branch and that's the end of it. Nothing wrong with this either. As I mentioned in my previous post, my son had scholarships to a number of schools. He also was accepted to others. But when it came to the academy, it was air force or nothing. Matter of fact, he didn't even apply to ROTC. Again; it was air force academy or nothing. If he didn't get that, he would have taken one of the other scholarships and played that out. Maybe join ROTC at that school if available; or wait until he graduated with his degree and look into commissioning OTS/OCS.

    The point is; each person is an individual. Some, it's the academy, any academy, and plan B is a civilian university. Believe it or not, some are the opposite. The academies aren't their first choice. A few hundred appointments get TURNED DOWN each year, because the applicant got their first choice civilian university. Some are a mix of the two. One academy or ROTC school and no other military. As long as the individual is following their passion, heart, goals, ambitions, it doesn't matter what the choices are.
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  6. Capri120

    Capri120 Parent

    Feb 10, 2016
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    Like Christcorps' DS, my DD was ONLY AF Academy or nothing, or should I say, 4-year university with partial tuition scholarship, but only 3 semesters left to complete her BS. No ROTC or thoughts of OTS. Money was not the determining factor.

    I'm still not sure I understand, but she is definitely all in at USAFA and committed.

    Where did DH and I go wrong :scratch: or right :)?
  7. FlyBoy1993

    FlyBoy1993 5-Year Member

    Jan 9, 2011
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    Our son had full ride to A&M. He received AoG sponsorship in April of Senior year in HS. We didn't know what it meant at the time, but he ended up going to Marion in Alabama for a year and then earning his appointment to USMA.

    Even during Beast, he knew that was where he wanted to be. He loved WP and now is in BOLC. Not one regret about his opportunity at West Point was ever uttered or written to us.
  8. Leadfoot

    Leadfoot Member

    Sep 24, 2014
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    Agree with Christcorp that the branch may be make/break. DS was going USCGA or bust as the Coast Guard's mission was what he wanted. Plan B was private school with no ROTC. Full appointment received just before he had interview as finalist for full ride scholarship. Immediately accepted appointment and notified Plan B to give someone else an opportunity to interview for full ride.
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