What types of things should I do to get into the Naval Academy?
I am a high school sophomore and I get good grades. My brother is now a plebe at West Point. Will that help for my application? Also, I am attending college classes at Harvard this summer. #military #navy
Hi Ben. My name is Steve and I'm a graduate of the Naval Academy. The Academies look for several things when qualifying prospective candidates, including academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service, and leadership. If you're only a sophomore you have plenty of time to develop in any area you might currently feel you're delinquent. If you’re earning good grades, great! Keep it up. Consider signing up for a preparation course to prepare for the SAT/ACT. If you're not currently playing a varsity sport or involved in a some form of competitive or outdoor activity (chess, rifle shooting, mountain climbing) sign up for something and during the application process be able to demonstrate your physical aptitude and abilities. Are you a Boy Scout? Do you volunteer at your church? Academies like to see you're involved in your community. You're never too young to give back. Do you hold any leadership positions at your school, in your community, at your church, or in your house/neighborhood?
As you may know, part of the application process will include a recommendation from your Congressman. You can find out who your congressional representative is by submitting your zip code at this link -- http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Hope this helps. Good luck!