Yeah, athletes need a nomination. Athletes apply and get accepted just as everyone else does, but they often get the wildcard benefit of a little prodding by the coach at the admissions boards. Other than that, you still need to qualify and sufficiently impress the admission board just like everyone else.
UNcynical, maybe you can answer this as you already go to the Academy (I suppose anyone that goes there now/has visited before can answer this). Is there an etiquitte for visiting the Academy, or is it exactly like visiting a civilian college? Apparently, when I visit in 2 weeks, I'll be going to classes, staying in the dorms, and pretty much doing everything that my host does for 3 days. I was just wonering if I should know anything special or if I should stop worrying.
Yeah, I visited the academy once and basically everyone I met said that to me...no worries though.
It's kinda like that part in the movie "Heavy Weights" when that one kid is standing at the gate shaking his head...except USAFA isn't fat camp, and I doubt BCT will include bouncing off the blob, go-carts and jet skiing...
"Congratulations, Mr. Simms! You're the fatest boy at camp."
My visitation was awesome. The trip confirmed my decision to accept my appointment. There were some cadets that said "don't come here", but for the most part, everyone was supportive of the Academy because they realize the opportunities that are going to be made available to them.
Just got back from my visit this morning (at like 2). It was amazing. It completely affirmed the fact that I am right in wanting to attend the Academy. The people I met were extremely nice, and just in general good people (though I do realize that there are most likely exceptions). If anyone here has a chance to go for a visit, I HIGHLY recommend it.