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Field Force Training : Candidate File Management. The Bottom Line. EVERYONE who is appointed to a Service Academy must be FULLY QUALIFIED with a NOMINATION. What Does Fully Qualified Mean?. Meet age requirement U.S. citizen Qualified academically Qualified leadership

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The Bottom Line

EVERYONE

who is appointed to a Service Academy

must be FULLY QUALIFIED

with a NOMINATION

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What Does Fully Qualified Mean?

  • Meet age requirement
  • U.S. citizen
  • Qualified academically
  • Qualified leadership
  • Demonstrated character & integrity
  • Qualified on the Candidate Fitness Assessment
  • Qualified medically
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How Does One BecomeFully Qualified?

  • Regional Commander:
    • Age, citizenship
    • 1st evaluation of…Academic, Leadership, CFA,
    • Character & Integrity qualification
  • Admissions Committee:
    • Final evaluation of... Academic, Leadership, CFA,
    • Character & Integrity qualification
  • DoDMERB:
    • Medical qualification
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ACADEMIC

ABILITY

60%

LEADERSHIP

POTENTIAL

30%

CADET

PHYSICAL

APTITUDE

10%

Whole Candidate Concept

West Point seeks well-rounded young people who demonstrate excellent academic ability, leadership potential, and physical aptitude.

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Academic (60%)

High school rank

SAT and/or ACT

Transcript

Leadership (30%)

Extra-curricular activities

Athletic participation

Teacher evaluations

Candidate Fitness Assessment (10%)

basketball throw

pull-ups (men & women) / flexed-arm hang (for women who cannot do one pull-up)

shuttle run

abdominal crunches

push-ups

one mile run

Evaluation Process

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Profile for a Recent Class

Top 20% of High School Class-------------------------------- 76%

Valedictorians---------------------------------------------------- 8%

Salutatorians------------------------------------------------------ 5%

National Merit Scholarship Recognition-------------------- 15%

National Honor Society----------------------------------------- 63%

Boys/Girls State-------------------------------------------------- 18%

Class or Student Body President----------------------------- 18%

Scouting Participant-------------------------------------------- 42%

Eagle Scout or Gold Award Winner----------------- 15%

Varsity Letter Winners---------------------------------------- 88%

Team Captain-------------------------------------------- 53%

Mean SAT: Verbal - 630, Math - 652

Mean ACT: English - 28, Math - 29, Sci/Reas - 28, Reading - 30

The Corps Starts Here!

Directorate of Admissions

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Statistical data can identify top candidates

4 categories of candidates

Unknown

Non-competitive

Competitive

Admissible

Quality Evaluation

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Candidates that have not fully completed CQ

Sent letter informing them of missing information required.

File closed after 60 days

“Unknown” Candidates

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Referred to as “screened” candidates

Sent letter informing file is closed until over-all or academic record improves.

CQ included with letter for rescreening

****** Opportunity to re-apply ******

Non-Competitive Candidates

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Sent non-committal letter (non-com)

Encourages file improvement

Instructions to seek nomination

Provides additional information about USMA and the Army

Full-scheduled

Candidate Kit

CFA

Schedule Medical Exam

Competitive Candidates

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Non-Committal

Letter of Assurance (LOA)

Reserved cadetship contingent upon:

nomination

medical qualification

candidate fitness assessment

file completion

Admissable

45-60

days

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Talent Searches (PSAT - 100k, PLAN - 15k, NRCCUA - 105k)

Mailings

Juniors (week 1 Oct)

Sophomores (week 2 Oct)

Freshman (week 3 Oct)

8th Grade (week 4 Oct)

7th Grade (week 1 Nov)

5th/6th Grade(week 2 Nov)

Summer Leaders Seminar (SLS)

Summer program at USMA for juniors

Two one-week sessions

Nurturing for Future Candidates

Pen & Banner

Encouragement

Letter

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Nurturing Offered Candidates

  • Use of Admissible Mailings … generally 5
  • 1st - Med/legal fact sheet, photo, elements of excellence, catalog
  • 2nd - Photo, PT article, officers booklet, soldier almanac, summer’s video, ethics book
  • 3rd - Parent’s Club almanac, new cadet book, parking pass, final semester transcript notice
  • 4th - Supe/Comm/Dean/Cadet COC video
  • 5th - Summer training schedule, P.O. Box #
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Strengthening our Officer Candidate Pool

  • AOG Civil Prep Scholarship Program
    • Fully qualified with a nom
    • 1 year program at military junior college
  • United States Military Academy Preparatory School
    • Located at Fort Monmouth, NJ
    • 10 month program prior to West Point
    • Strong leadership potential, but need academic remediation
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CDC

Regional

Commander

requirements

School Visits

CPRC Scheduling

West Point

Parents Club

Field Force

Candidate Interviews

West Point

Society

ROTC

USAREC

Local Army units

Posts, camps, stations

Congressional

Staffs

Congressional District Coordinator (CDC)

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1. Candidate contact

2. High school visitation

3. College Fairs & Academy Days

4. CPRC & outreach

5. Special events

6. Local Congressional “Liaison”

6 Primary Responsibilities

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Initial contact with mailings

Introductory call to candidate (June to August)

FF Website drives follow-up

Formal interview

Candidate Contact

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Second Step Kit

P = Personal Data Record Form

R = Request for Secondary School Transcript Form

T = Transcript (H.S. - # semesters)

C = College transcript, if applicable

S = School Officials’ Evaluations (# received)

A = Candidate Activities Record Form

G = Essay or Candidate Statement Form

CFA = Candidate Fitness Assessment

Admissions/Field Force Website

Tracking Candidates

Applicants can access Candidate Website to view status

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Interviews

  • Importance of interviews
  • Prioritizing
  • Good versus poor interviews
  • Location
  • Time
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Establish Relationship with Counselors

Check for … Catalogue/Take One poster

Use Parents Club/WPS

POC/twice a year visit

Recruit for Ed Visit and/or Ed Workshops

Discuss open files … or lack of open files

High School Visitation

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College Fairs & Academy Days

  • Appearance!
  • Be engaging- don’t sit behind the table
  • Use your force multipliers
    • WPS
    • WPPC
    • Cadets
  • Plan ahead for reference materials
    • Path Guides/Take One Poster/Catalogue
    • Order online
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Purpose:

Actuate/excite/provoke/arouse/incite/encourage/ persuade/invite ... interest in USMA among potential candidates

Conduct other USMA public relations functions

Pursue media coverage

TV & radio

PAO

Newspapers

Cadets are a valuable resource … use them wisely

Cadet Public Relations Council (CPRC) Programs & Outreach

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Hometown Visit Program

Thanksgiving

Spring Break

Graduation Week

Candidate Orientation Visits

Daily Orientations

Overnight Orientations

Special Trips

Congressional Academy Days

Major By-Invitation Candidate Meetings

Academic Individual Advanced Development Program

Liaison Officer Conference

Summer Leaders Seminar (SLS)

Boys and Girls State

CPRC Programs

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Know when CPRC is conducted

Include CPRC in 18-month plan

Request CPRC support when submitting plan

Help create cadet itineraries

Conduct By-Invite meetings during Hometown Visits

Inform Congressional offices of CPRC visits

Coordinate all CPRC engagements at least one month out

Send cadet itinerary at least one week prior to departure

Confirm CPRC engagements at least 3 days prior to arrival

Submit After Action Report NLT two weeks after visits

Field Force Responsibilities

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Special Events

AwardCeremonies

By-Invite

Away

FootballGames

Educator

Luncheon

Founder’sDay

fall travel
Purpose:

To make contact with candidates of the current admissions cycle and provide counseling and status of admissions files

Face-to-face contact with Field Force

FF Workshops

Educator Workshops

Fall Travel

Spring Travel

  • Purpose:
    • To make contact with potential candidates for the next admissions cycle
    • Face-to-face contact with Field Force
      • FF Workshops
      • Educator Workshops
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Congressional Liaison

  • One out of five Congressional districts either do not nominate or do not nominate qualified candidates.
  • Assistance with Selection Committees
    • WPS/WPPC/MALO
  • Must have positive local coordination with congressional offices
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West Point Parents Clubs

West Point Societies Media

Civic Organizations, Boy Scouts

Congressional Staffers

Recruiting Stations, ROTC

Force Multipliers

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Queries on AOG database and Reserve database

Nurture relationships with WPSs and WPPCs

Improve bond with both Sr and Jr ROTC programs

Communication with Recruiting Stations

Personal recommendations

**More People…Less Work…Better Results**

Recruiting / Maintaining theField Force