“The military has definitely given me the upper hand,” said Wolff. “If I’m accepted, I don’t feel I will have to make a big adjustment like those who’ve never lived a military lifestyle.”
Wolff, an avid chess player, hopes to be accepted in time to attend classes beginning June 2007. Since receiving his enrollment package three weeks ago, he has spent much time completing all requirements, especially by running and lifting weights to get in top physical shape. This is only a small part of what becoming a midshipman is about.
“You have to be good in all areas; academics, leadership and athletics,” he said.
Wolff will also have to be interviewed by three officers in his command. Separately, two colonels and Wolff’s commanding officer will each conduct private interviews with him.
“Filling out the paperwork and getting in shape is easy,” he said. “It’s getting the CO’s recommendation that is worrisome.”
Wolff feels confident in his decision and in his ability to become a member of America’s military fraternity of Naval and Marine Corps officers. If admitted into the academy, he will be of a select few. This year more than 10,700 men and women applied for enrollment, only 1,215 were accepted.