What are my chances of receiving a appointment to Air Force Academy?
This is some what what my application will look like, Any suggestions would be great.
-Student body commissioner
-Soccer JV captain
-Civil Air patrol, May receive billy mitchell award
-President of club at school that meets and helps troops
-More than 200 community service hours
-Silver Presidential community service award
-part of Future business leaders of America
-Getting a job soon to show work experience
What do you guys think are my chances and what leadership roles can I do to increase them? thanks
- TomLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
If you were not in Civil Air Patrol two months ago, to earn Billy Mitchell, grades and other more important extracurricular activities will suffer. Soccer JV captain is good but the service academies want to see varsity letters. Probably around 40% of Cadets who were not athletic recruits were athletic team captains. If you are not going to make varsity soccer, then get involved in some varsity sport. Suggestion, cross country in the Fall or crew, lacrosse or rugby in the spring. Crew usually has a fall and spring season and is the sport among those three that takes the least prior skill. Two sports is more impressive to a service academy than one sport and CAP. As far as volunteer hours, a lot of guys think way more is expected than is actually the case. The amount required to join NHS is sufficient. The primary job of a student is to attain an education and learn leadership skills in school athletic and non athletic activities. There is no need to get a job to show work experience. A job is OK over the summer but Usafa would rather have a Candidate engaged in activities that will build officership skills such as debate/public speaking, drama, yearbook, school newspaper during the school year. There are no Officer AFSC's as a fry cook so unless a job during the school year is necessary due to family finances, it is not going to be considered a substitute for extracurricular involvement and will not help in terms of competing for selection. If you are taking Algebra 2 this year and have already taken Geometry, then take the Sat in May or June. If Algebra 2 covered Trigonometry, also take the June ACT that offers TIR. Fifty percent of each Usafa class continues on to flight school; around 60% of the class is pilot qualified but not all want to be pilots. Around 30% of Ensigns and 40% of Marine 2nd Lieutenants commissioning at Usna continue on to flight school to become pilots.
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 Air Force Academy, West Point, and the Naval 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 begins accepting pre candidate questionnaires in mid December. The Naval Academy Summer Seminar begins accepting preliminary applications on February 1.
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:
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.
- Bob PLv 69 years ago
You need a recommendation/nomination from one of your congressional officials.