Words of Wisdom - for Plebe Summer (Parts I and II)

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Memphis9489, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. time2

    time2 10-Year Member

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    ^^^ The intent of the 'sticky' area is to product general information as reference material. If you want to ask a specific question about yourself, it is always better to start a new post and put it in the appropriate forum area rather than tack onto to something here.
     
  2. MWM2016

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    Oh ok!! Sorry about that!
     
  3. BTCS/USN

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    Great Advice from Memphis9489. These will follow you throughout your Naval career and applies to the fleet as well. Fair winds and following seas.
     
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  4. GrilledCheese94

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    We all have our unique experience of how we came to USNA.

    I was a 19-year old E-3 halfway through my enlistment when the Senior Chief assigned to USNA Admissions called me at my command in California and asked me if I wanted to go to NAPS.

    He flat out told me that I got the call because he had been stationed where I was and he remembered that he saw an application from a sailor from his old command. Had I been out of the compound that day, chances are I might not have ever gotten that call.

    My unit was one of the first deployed to Saudi Arabia for Desert Sheild. Desert Storm kicked off while we were in Plebe Summer.

    Hard work matters, but sometimes the stars align as well.

    The moral of this short story is to never give up on your quest to attend USNA.
     
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  5. BTCS/USN

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    See
    See there. Sometimes those non-working Chiefs do actually wind up doing good regardless of the reputation.
     
  6. GrilledCheese94

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    BTCS,

    My father is a retired ABCS; the highlight of my career was ringing the Ship's Bell when he was piped over the side. I was a MIDN 2/c at the time.

    One of my CC's @ RTC Great Lakes was a crusty old BT1 (no SW qual, he was a real snipe) who served on the USS Midway. I lived in Snipes Castle while in EM "A" School and I think our CC there was a BTC even though we we all EMs.

    I learned at an early age that Chiefs run the Navy!

    Grilled Cheese
     
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  7. Memphis9489

    Memphis9489 10-Year Member

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    That's an interesting story but it seems like the original idea for you attending the Naval Academy was your Senior Chief's and not something you had considered. There's nothing wrong with that because I think a lot of young men and women do not realize that they'd be perfect for the Naval Academy until somebody steers them in that direction. Although I hear this a lot: "My son has wanted to attended the Naval Academy ever since he was 8 yrs old" - it's actually much more common for them to never really consider it until they are in high school - sometimes as late as their junior year. In your case, it seems like the idea came even later.
     
  8. GrilledCheese94

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    Memphis,

    I wasn't academically competitive for appointment in high school; I was nominated but not appointed.

    I enlisted with the intention of applying for a Fleet appointment, which I ultimately obtained via NAPS after a few years busting rust and painting.

    Don't try to read too deeply into my "interesting" story; my biggest failure was not having a solid Plan B/C/D coming out of high school.

    I think you misread my post...the YNCS in question was assigned to USNA Admissions and not in my chain-of-command...I was stationed in California at the time.

    Grilled Cheese
     
  9. stryker116c

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    Thanks for the encouragement. I dreamed about the Naval Academy and high school, but took a different path instead. Now, I'm doing everything I can to finish my music degree to the highest level I can -- and at the same time chase an appointment. I'm encouraged that I may have a better chance than I thought.
     
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