- Mar 17, 2017
Hi guys, I am currently a high school junior and I was wondering what the process is for applying. Thanks for the help in advance!
Where did you apply to - sounds like you had a rough application process, no?You could experience a similar situation by traveling through the fiery depths of hell for at least 6 months, sometimes longer if DoDMERB doesn't find evidence of immortality.
Lol. I thought you might say something like that.+1 to the above. They were far too kind to you.
Read every USMA page, drop down and link. Take notes. Build timelines.
Then go to your MOC websites, read everything about their nomination process. Go to their information sessions, if they have them.
Read The Acronym List sticky here on SAF.
The entire process is complex, detailed and runs for several months, sometimes a year. Some actions are sequential, some are concurrent. Best you do research on your own with primary sources, come back here and use the Search function to find the answers to common questions, and if you still can't find the answer, start a thread. The resourceful future officer demonstrates initiative and diligence. This community of posters is very supportive and helpful, and you will understand the basic process better by going to the actual institution's information.
Trackgirl: It's the most rigorous application. Captain MJ is only slightly exaggerating, but not much. Seriously...go to the USMA website and read (and then follow) the directions. If you are not willing to at least do some research on your own, then the process is not for you.
The processes are almost exactly the same. Slight differences only. And the majority can be completed within a few months, but much is dependent on others doing things on their end, so a lot is out of your control, and then there is a lot of waiting. You tend to want to keep pushing to better your position too, so there is a lot of supplementing. Things like new ACT scores, or athletic accomplishments. So in total the whole process goes for about a year.Trackgirl: It's the most rigorous application. Captain MJ is only slightly exaggerating, but not much. Seriously...go to the USMA website and read (and then follow) the directions. If you are not willing to at least do some research on your own, then the process is not for you.
@mom3boys Hi! Is the USMA application process more intense than the USNA process? I checked the USMA website, but didn't see a difference. My application for the USNA was opened in September and I finished everything by mid December 2016. I have been CPR ever since. My response was to SA Applicant 1999, because of the "immortality" comment, it made me laugh. As for CaptainMJ's comment, I cannot imagine the process lasting up to a year. I never knew the different academies existed until April/May of last year. The process is not that difficult or intense.