Let's talk! I can quickly determine your current status and situation. A junior in high school will be in a different position than a freshman or a senior. My fees are based upon your status and timing. My charges for a younger student are very close to the fees I charge for a mid-year junior or senior as I find starting 'early' to be a great advantage for preparing to apply to the Academy and an ROTC scholarship.
The process with my services will include:
Introductory Assessment, 30 – 45 minutes, no charge
Let’s discuss your current status along with your interests and goals. We’ll review a basic set of steps to admission. Please register on the Home page, or call/text me (at 503.515.7406), and I’ll be sure to arrange an appointment time for our introductory phone call.
Initial calls and emails will be used to assess your skills, academic standing and extracurricular activities. Typically, this will take a few sessions. We'll also discuss your social media footprint.
You and I will put together a specific plan to build on your strengths and fill in any ‘gaps’ that we identify. The plan will provide timing of activities and preparation for major steps in the process as well as recommendations on which academic courses to take, extracurricular activities and summer programs in which to participate and other recommended steps. In short, a plan aimed at maximizing your chances to earn an appointment and/or a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship for the Army, Navy or Air Force. Your plan will allow you to apply to one, a few or all of the military 'scholarships' that interest you.
Essay Prep Session(s)
We’ll put together ideas and concepts for the essays you will write during the applications process. During the different steps, you will be asked to write an essay on a significant personal event, which will allow you to talk about your character and values. Your teachers will also be asked to complete recommendations including comments on your character and integrity as compared to your peers.
Progress Reviews and ‘Next Steps’
I’ll work with you to keep up a strong cadence to complete your applications as well as ensuring that the paperwork is complete and captures all of the necessary elements. I will make myself available as needed to provide you (and your parents) active support throughout the entire admissions process.
Ad Hoc Availability
The entire application process is quite confusing and very involved. I will be available to answer questions quickly about the correspondence that you will receive from your Congressional representatives, from the Service Academy admissions offices and from others involved in the process like DODMERB and the evaluating officer(s) that will interview the applicant.
Interview Prep Sessions
Most applicants will go through several interviews to obtain a Congressional nomination, an ROTC scholarship and a Service Academy appointment. I will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable with the kinds of questions that you will be asked. Using a foundation to respond to questions, you can be confident during both your Congressional nomination interview as well as the Service Academy Liaison and ROTC interviews.
Letters of Recommendations
It is helpful to add recommendation letters to your admissions file at each of the service academies (and Congressional offices) with which you apply. Generally, you are requested to seek recommendations from a teacher or principal, a community leader and a coach or mentor. I will provide written guidance as well as any direct assistance requested by your ‘recommenders’ to help them capture the important points to cover.
Extracurricular Activities / Leadership / Athletics
All of the Academies emphasize the three pillars of a well-rounded cadet candidate: academic, athletic and leadership. Your successful involvement in all three areas is important. Your participation in extracurricular activities should involve your leadership of some aspects of a club, group, society or the like. We will talk about your current participation in both athletics and other activities to round out your application.
Medical Evaluation and Fitness Tests Advice
Each qualified candidate will take a medical (physical) examination in person as well as a candidate fitness test for each of the Academies and ROTC. I will advise you on both activities. The fitness test is something that must be prepared for early in the application process and will be part of your personalized “Admissions Plan.”
Prep and Pro-active Engagement with the ALO, BGO or FFR
Each of the Academies will require an interview with a local representative. For the AFA, it will be the Air Force Liaison Officer (ALO), who is often a reserve or retired AF officer. The Army uses the Field Force Representative (FFR), typically an Army Reserve officer, or other representative who conducts the interviews for USMA . The Navy uses Blue and Gold Officers (BGOs), who are often retired Naval Academy graduates. We’ll discuss how to work with your LO/BGO/FFR. What's more, we will prepare for the ROTC scholarship interview that is required at a local ROTC unit to fulfill that particular scholarship's requirements.
It is imperative that an applicant meets all of the deadlines for the nomination and service academy application process, including interviews, physicals, and other key events. I’ll work with you to maintain the proper timing and cadence to complete the process.
Post-Appointment Advisory and Preparation
An appointment (or multiple appointments and ROTC scholarships) requires a decision on which one to select as well as preparing for the chosen program. I will work with you to assist with your choice as well as following this decision with advice and planning so that you are ready for the big day!