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  • Writer's pictureLTC Brechin, USAF, Ret.

The Key to Your Success

Discipline is so important to any candidate for the US service academies

Disciple is key for applying to USAFA, USNA, and USMA

Self-discipline. It ensures we complete assignments, fulfill commitments and succeed at the tasks that we undertake. The Academies see a demonstration of your self-discipline when you earn different long-term awards, such as the Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts, the Gold Award in Girl Scouts and the Cadet Colonel rank in Civil Air Patrol. Long-term participation with dance, gymnastics and sports teams where you advance your skills and are recognized for this advancement demonstrate your discipline. For example, earning a Black Belt in one of the martial arts is another demonstration of your self-discipline.

USAFA discipline

Twelve percent of the AFA Class of 2016 earned Eagle Scout or a Gold Award. Some 87% lettered in a sport and 11% were class president. The other service academies have similar profiles.

Why does self-discipline matter? It matters because a self-disciplined person will succeed at the Academy and will be an effective military officer. When things get tough, your self-discipline and drive will get you through the situation successfully.

As Lou Holtz said, "Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period."

[I would welcome a chance to discuss details with you. I offer coaching services to pace and prepare you (and your parents!) for the entire Academy application process. Contact me at chris@cbbrechin.com and/or 503.515.7406]

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