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  1. Google "self publishing" and you should come up with a variety of companies who are suitable for this.
  2. One more important note - in my previous post, I did not mean to imply in any way that a prospective applicant who does not receive a nomination would not "make it" at the SAs. It also does come down to a numbers game - for example, each year at USAFA there are approximately 1000-1100 appointments offered out of 4000-4500 strong candidates who are fully qualified applicants. So likely many are turned away who could have been successful. There is just a limit on available appointments.The SAs must then rank the individuals in order to determine who gets those appointments. I am oversimplifying the process, but that is it in a nutshell.
  3. Regarding how competitive a district is for service academy nominations.... Well, I will just be honest here. I don't understand why prospective applicants pay attention to the relative competitiveness of their district, and here is why. EVERY YEAR, there are applicants who receive appointments to the SAs, and from their outward qualifications, others wonder "how did THEY get an appointment?" There are also those applicants who seem to have incredible, "unbeatable" qualifications who do NOT get appointments, and others wonder, "how did they NOT get an appointment?" During the nomination interviews (which generally happen in person, before a board of very experienced individuals), there are countless intangibles that are both immediately assessed, as well as throughout the interview. There is not a set formula for who gets a nomination. If you have ever hired individuals, you understand this. Sometimes you just know from interacting with a person, if they will succeed at the role you are seeking to fill. In our experience, the boards my dc faced were 4-7 individuals, 4-6 of whom were from various military branches and had reams of ribbons on their jackets. These people had WORLDS of experience. While they were certainly going to make sure certain required qualifications were strong prior to deciding who to nominate (GPA, SAT/ACT scores), they also were going to rely on their experience to tell them who had what it took to make it through. And THAT is much more difficult to define. And so, I would never even worry about if your district is competitive or not. I would not even research it. We literally did not. Your ds or dd simply needs to decide if a career as a military officer (and pursuing a SA route to get there) is their dream -- and if so, how hard they are willing to work for it. I would never discourage a super motivated, hard working kid from trying to apply no matter how competitive the district was. And I would never encourage a kid to not push themselves to have as strong an application as possible just because they were in a lesser competitive district. Finally, if you are in a competitive district, focusing on that could just make your dc feel less motivated because they think all the other applicants will be stronger than them. (Believe me, this will happen with most kids whether or not you know the competitiveness of your district!!) Every year, people drive themselves crazy trying to figure out ahead of time what their chances are of getting an appointment. My advice to my dc was, decide if it is YOUR dream...if so, make your plan (and yes, I helped brainstorm for that)...put your head down...and execute your plan with all your might. Do not worry what other applicants are doing. It is really a huge waste of mental energy that could be better directed to executing your plan, academics, extracurriculars, leadership etc with excellence. So we did not even investigate the competitiveness of our area. I think we found out that we were in a competitive area after ds's nomination interviews. Join Service Academy Forums. Before you ask questions, do a topic search. It is a great source of information!
  4. You do not have to be a varsity team sport athlete to gain an appointment to USAFA. My two current cadet children (one of whom graduates from USAFA on 5/30!!) did have competitive individual sport experience from about ages 11-15 (JR USTA - tennis, and gymnastics - achieved level 7). They were also 2nd and 1st degree black belts in taekwondo and had formal training in krav maga. They kept fit by working out and running regularly. They both did well on the CFA and did not need to retake it. While varsity team sports can be a way of showing fitness and leadership, there are also other ways that are extremely related to the military. Think tutoring, volunteering, paid work experiences, helping organize fundraisers that are unique, helping to run a family business, working HARD at something that is not glamorous. One summer ds could not find a summer job so he became a volunteer handyman for our dojong. One project he did was to retar the leaky roof. Hot. Not fun. But extremely service oriented. Think of how you can CREATE opportunities for yourself. DS invented that position for himself. It wasn't like the head instructor came asking him to do it. He initiated the process. DD found a way to study Arabic at the college level despite the fact that it was not offered via DE. She also did extensive tutoring of college students when she was a high school student. These are opportunities she went out and found. USAFA (and I would venture to guess all SAs) are not places where you succeed by being passive and waiting for opportunities to come along. More than anything, you succeed by being proactive. This teaches so many important skill sets, including learning the diplomacy to not be overly aggressive or pushy as you seek to create your path. I really could go on for volumes. :)
  5. If anyone has any questions about USAFA, please feel free to pm me.
  6. Our advice to not only our children, but to any young adult, would be to max out your IRA contributions each year before doing anything else with your discretionary money.
  7. Both. If DD had gone to a university/college in our state system, her Arabic would have counted for DE credit. She is at a service academy and took a validation exam prior to her freshman year, which allowed her to be placed in high level courses and obtain her minor quite quickly. If you have detailed questions, please feel free to pm me!
  8. This is not an online option, but a good learning model suggestion -- would the college prof be available to tutor your child? That is the option we chose for dd due to similar scheduling issues, and it worked great. We met with her tutor twice a week for an hour. She completed Arabic 1 through Arabic 4 at the college level with the same prof. It was awesome.
  9. Be very faithful and consistent with doing your PT. For the folks I know who have had shoulder surgery, this was the key to regaining strength and mobility. Be patient. It is a long slow process but you will get there!
  10. Even if it was not the law, we did not allow it. It is unwise.
  11. They are both amazing books for boys and girls. I would start with Little Women. Your boys are likely basing their opinion on the title. Forget the title and read the story :)
  12. I have been teaching children and adults in multiple martial arts for almost a decade. It is very possible to continue working out and even make fitness gains while you are injured, if you want to. The key is focusing on what you can do and being very creative. I have no idea how an online martial arts course would work; maybe others do. I would suggest that you and your son simply make a list of the moves he is able to do in both judo, karate and gymnastics, as well as any other training conditioning exercises. Then help him create a few workouts from that list. Additionally, you can ask your doctor if he can run, walk, use a treadmill, stair climber, or the like. Alternatively, there are many gyms that allow you to join for a low fee month to month. Usually these gyms have someone who introduces you to the equipment and can help you set up a workout to suit your needs. Perhaps that might work. If he can use his lower body, there are tons of low or high impact exercises he can do provided it is ok with his doctor. It also sounds like he can use his upper body, as long as his hand is protected. So a final idea would be to search the internet for lower body workouts or upper body workouts for injury recovery. By way of encouragement, my dd broke her ankle as a competitive gymnast twice. She continued practices and spent the entire time working on strength and conditioning exercises that she could do. Yes, it was boring, especially as she watched her friends leap, tumble, jump and spin... but she was disciplined and stuck with it. When she recovered fully, she discovered she had made great strength strides while injured that translated into increased skill levels. This has also worked for me in the case of several different injuries, including a broken nose...which is really hard to find workable exercises for 😉 The best to you and your ds!
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