If you are 3 Q'd, does it make it harder to get an LOA since the Board has already looked at your application and decided on no LOA at that time? I know the goal is not an LOA, but it seems that getting a nomination is also positively influenced by a candidate with an LOA. Also, DS has MOC interview this weekend - no other interviews scheduled. What happens if an LOA were to come later in the process? I guess my worry is that in this highly competitive area, what chance do you have if you are interviewing for a nomination with others who may have LOA's?