20 episodes

Phil Black discusses the strategies and tactics that will help your child earn: (1) service academy appointments, (2) ROTC scholarships, and (3) acceptances to their top-choice colleges. If your child is pursuing any of these ambitious goals, this podcast is for you. With hundreds of success stories, including Phil’s own three sons (Yale Navy ROTC x 2, USNA), this podcast is a must-listen. Lessons are drawn from ServeWell Academy’s 4-yr online mentoring program detailing what students should do every week starting in 9th grade. Learn about the program here: https://www.servewellacademy.com/

ServeWell Podcast Phil Black

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Phil Black discusses the strategies and tactics that will help your child earn: (1) service academy appointments, (2) ROTC scholarships, and (3) acceptances to their top-choice colleges. If your child is pursuing any of these ambitious goals, this podcast is for you. With hundreds of success stories, including Phil’s own three sons (Yale Navy ROTC x 2, USNA), this podcast is a must-listen. Lessons are drawn from ServeWell Academy’s 4-yr online mentoring program detailing what students should do every week starting in 9th grade. Learn about the program here: https://www.servewellacademy.com/

    Ep. 20 | Which colleges have ROTC programs

    Ep. 20 | Which colleges have ROTC programs

    Not every college in the United States has an ROTC program on its campus. In this episode, I walk through how to determine which colleges have ROTC programs and for which military branches (e.g. Army, Navy, Air Force). This is Step 1 in creating a target list of colleges. [Based on ServeWell Academy’s online course: Week 51 of Sophomore Year.]

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    Learn about ServeWell Academy’s online mentoring program here: https://www.servewellacademy.com/

    What are your child’s chances of getting into a service academy? Take this Quiz: https://ezxlxe3zcjj.typeform.com/takethequiz

    • 7 min
    Ep. 19 | How does life differ at service academies vs. ROTC programs?

    Ep. 19 | How does life differ at service academies vs. ROTC programs?

    In this episode, I walk through a typical day-in-the-life of a service academy student versus an ROTC student at a traditional college. What are the pros, cons, similarities, and differences? Many successful ServeWell students will have the choice between these two compelling options. How would your child make their choice? [Based on ServeWell Academy’s online course: Week 49 of Junior Year.]

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    Learn about ServeWell Academy’s online mentoring program here: https://www.servewellacademy.com/

    What are your child’s chances of getting into a service academy? Take this Quiz: https://ezxlxe3zcjj.typeform.com/takethequiz

    • 11 min
    Ep. 18 | How can West Point Cadets be happier than Stanford Business School students?

    Ep. 18 | How can West Point Cadets be happier than Stanford Business School students?

    Legendary speaker, thinker, and leadership guru, Jim Collins, was once invited to spend two years at West Point as a visiting professor. By the time his tenure ended, he made a startling observation. He claimed that West Point Cadets seemed happier than his graduate students at Stanford Business School. In this episode, I explore how this could be the case. [Based on ServeWell Academy’s online course: Week 43 of Junior Year.]

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    Learn about ServeWell Academy’s online mentoring program here: https://www.servewellacademy.com/

    What are your child’s chances of getting into a service academy? Take this Quiz: https://ezxlxe3zcjj.typeform.com/takethequiz

    • 9 min
    Ep. 17 | What’s the difference between a nomination and appointment?

    Ep. 17 | What’s the difference between a nomination and appointment?

    The terms “nomination” and “appointment” can be confusing — especially in light of how often they are used interchangeably. In this episode, I clear up the difference between the two terms in an effort to get everyone on the same page. These terms have wholly different meanings and should not be confused. [Based on ServeWell Academy’s online course: Week 38 of Junior Year.]

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    Learn about ServeWell Academy’s online mentoring program here: https://www.servewellacademy.com/

    What are your child’s chances of getting into a service academy? Take this Quiz: https://ezxlxe3zcjj.typeform.com/takethequiz

    • 9 min
    Ep. 16 | Is the red tape worth it?

    Ep. 16 | Is the red tape worth it?

    The military is not known for being particularly efficient or nimble when it comes to paperwork, administration, or logistics. The service academy and ROTC application process is no exception. The red tape and bureaucratic struggles can be legion. In this episode, I explore why it’s worth the headache and teeth-gnashing. [Based on ServeWell Academy’s online course: Week 37 of Junior Year.]

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    Learn about ServeWell Academy’s online mentoring program here: https://www.servewellacademy.com/

    What are your child’s chances of getting into a service academy? Take this Quiz: https://ezxlxe3zcjj.typeform.com/takethequiz

    • 9 min
    Ep. 15 | Optimizing your child’s summers

    Ep. 15 | Optimizing your child’s summers

    Summers are a great time for your child to take their applications to the next level. They can pursue activities, experiences, and adventures that would be impossible to do during the school year. However, without a plan, it’s easy for summers to turn into unproductive wastes of time. In this episode, I lay out a summer-by-summer blueprint of activities that your child should consider to prepare for the competitive service academy, ROTC, and highly-selective college admissions process. [Based on ServeWell Academy’s online course: Week 34 of Sophomore Year.]

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    Learn about ServeWell Academy’s online mentoring program here: https://www.servewellacademy.com/

    What are your child’s chances of getting into a service academy? Take this Quiz: https://ezxlxe3zcjj.typeform.com/takethequiz

    • 13 min

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