U.S. Naval Academy and recommendation letter from Congressman/President?

I want to go to the U.S. Naval academy to later become a marine officer after i graduate. I am a freshman now. Can anyone who maybe got into the academy give me tips on what you did and how you went about getting accepted. Or if you haven't and you know anything about it please just give me some pointers and give me exactly what i need to know and do to get in. Also, how would i go about getting a recommendation letter from my Congressman or the President. What would i put in my letter to ask them, how do i get involved and so on. If i were to be accepted, what would be a good major if i wanted to be intel? I have also heard that officers usually dont get their first pick as to what they want their mos to be, just wondering if that were true. Also if your a marine officer i would thoroughly enjoy hearing about your experience! Thank you so much!!

3 Answers

  • Tom
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
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    The best Naval academy majors for Intelligence are Arabic, Chinese, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Intelligence is not normally open to Usna or Nrotc commissioned Ensigns. About the only way to get intelligence as a Marine 2nd Lieutenant is to be at or near the top of the top third, middle third or bottom third of a TBS class, meaning at or just below the 100th percentile, 67th percentile or 33rd percentile of a TBS class and assuming there are any Intelligence slots available. Commissioning source-Usna, Plc, Occ, Nrotc Mo- is irrelevant with regard to MOS Selection at TBS.

    I assume "recommendation letter refers to a Nomination. Go to your Congressional Rep and two senator's web pages and look for infomation on how to apply for a nomination. Most accept applications between the Spring of Junior year and the November 1 of Senior year. Some stop accepting applications for a Nomination as early as late August. Presidential Nominations are automatic for sons and daughters of active duty and retired military, by applying fir a Presidential Nomination before the deadline.

    The Air Force Academy website offers outstanding advice to students prepping for a service academy, rotc scholarship or any highly selective university. Open all links to the left of the dialog box. Be sure to open the "Leadership Preparation" link and read it carefully."


    Page 19 of Chapter 2 of the Naval Academy Catalog indicates classes for a high school student to take to make himself competitive for admission. The classes are arranged in a hierarchy:


    Helpful to read the advice on prepping for college offered on Harvard's website:


    The selection process is nearly identical at the Naval Academy, West Point, and the Air Force Academy, so, whatever is stated on one service academy website or in its catalog with regard to admissions, course selection etc generally holds for the others. If you read the following answer and open the links it should help to explain the selection process and the path to an appointment:


    The application cycle for the service academies begins December 1 of junior year when the Air Force Academy begins accepting pre candidate questionnaires from juniors applying to attend the Air Force Academy Summer Seminar.


    West Point SLS usually begins accepting pre candidate questionnaires in mid December; however, January 10, 2012. The Naval Academy Summer Seminar begins accepting preliminary applications on February 1.


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    Uscga AIM also begins accepting applications in February. It is best to apply to all since they are similar and going to one indicates to the Admissions Boards at all that a Candidate is well aware of the regimented lifestyle of an academy Cadet/Midshipman. An applicant needs Psat, Sat or Act scores to be considered for the Summer Seminars. The Psat Math section tests Algebra 1 and Geometry and should be taken the first time the Fall after completing these classes. The Psat is only offered once each October. The Sat Math section tests Algebra 1 and 2 and Geometry and should be taken the first time the Spring of the year taking Algebra 2. The Act Math section tests these subjects and Trigonometry. An extracurricular reading program looking up unknown words in a dictionary helps with the Cr and Writing sections of the Sat:


    Colonel Batchelder indicates the attributes SLS seeks in applicants:


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    All the summer programs seek pre-candidates with essentially the same attributes. Usna's is the largest accepting 2250, Usafa Summer Seminar accepts 1125 and West Point SLS 1,000.

    Good Luck!

  • 9 years ago

    Step one -- go talk to your high school Guidence Councilor

    Step two -- go to the webpage of your Representative and Senators , they will have a link on how to apply for a service academy nomination.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Every little bit helps!

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