A Rainy Saturday

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  1. M2inOR

    M2inOR Parent

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    My son got his LOA today in the most unusual way.

    This has been an interesting week for my son. On Thursday, he received a letter from the admissions office that his application had been reviewed and he was found fully qualified. At the time, not knowing what the wording was for an LOA, we were all pretty excited for a little bit, until a quick search of the forums indicated that this letter was not an LOA at all. Let's just say that my son's euphoria was quickly extinguished, and he wasn't too happy wioth me. I think the clouds over his head contributed to the foul weather that commenced on Friday.

    To prepare for my son's MOC interview today, he had a few mock interviews earlier this week with two retired Air Force officers - one a reservist, the other a USAFA grad. They really posed some good and tough questions , but they helped reinforce his confidence and commitment.

    Today was a dark and stormy day in the Pacific Northwest. His day was quite full - SATs in the morning, a quick change of clothes afterward to prepare for his MOC panel's interview, a trip to the soccer field to cheer his school's varsity girls' soccer team at their league playoff game, and to be followed by a get-together afterwards with his varsity soccer team mates - their playoff game in on Tuesday. To put it mildly, a lot of things were on his mind today!

    After the SAT, during the drive down to the MOC office, my son learned that the afternoon's soccer game had been canceled due to the stormy weather and chance for lightning. This rippled thru to cancel the get-together for the boys' team afterwards.

    So my son wondered what else might disrupt his plans.

    After parking, we found ourselves with another family whose daughter was also on the way to her MOC nomination interview. We found our way to the office after a few wrong directions (my fault) - the court house building was closed, and I misinterpreted the directions to the employee entrance where the office administrator would let us in.

    After finding our way to the office and drying off, my son waited his turn. We knew that his MALO contact was one of the nomination board members, but did not know what else to expect.

    My son read the paper while awaiting his turn; he recalled how there might be a question on current events. It didn't take too long, as one candidate left while we waited, and then the other candidate went in for hers.

    Finally, it was my son't turn.

    After about 15 minutes my son exited, beaming.

    He told us that after the greeting and introductions, his MALO advisor said that he had some news for him in addition to the "fully qualified" letter he had received earlier in the week. So the interview started off with my son being informed that he now had an LOA! Instead of being questioned, the nomination board asked him what questions he might have and how he felt about the LOA. They also complimented him for completing his file quickly.

    He's academically qualified; he has passed DoDMERB and the CFA. He has his LOA in hand - though verbally. That is the surprise for us, as my reading of the forums here had not indicated that this was a possibility.

    We're encouraged, and need a few last steps to be completed - a hard copy of that LOA, and finally a nomination. We're hoping that his hard work overall will make this last part come to a conclusion soon.

    I wanted to share this story with you to let you know how happy we are, and our surprise at the method used to communicate the LOA.
     
  2. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    Congratulations to him! And you!!! :shake:

    My son got his LOA today to AF, but was also very cautious about making sure it actually was one. Why don't they just put LOA on the darned things?! He contacted a couple other kids he knew from summer seminar who already had them, we read the boards to confirm what it was supposed to look like/say, before he finally was able to be excited that he actually had one! He has his nomination interviews next Saturday with both senators and is really relieved to have the LOA before them!

    Best of luck to your son and tell him congrats from my husband and myself, and that he's going to the BEST academy (although my son would probably disagree!). (We're both WP grads :wink: ).
     
  3. WAMom68

    WAMom68 Founding Member

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    Congatulations! :jump1: Nice way to make a rainy day brighten up!
     
  4. pedro4

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    Congrats!

    The opportunities your future cadet will have are amazing. Holding the giant flag at Yankee stadium, 9/11 runs through lower Manhattan, Spirit Missions to other academies, Club sports, Army-Navy game, concerts, lectures from celebrities, meeting cadets from all over the world, etc. These are the opportunities my plebe had in just his first term! Makes my college experience seem a little lame by comparison.
     
  5. M2inOR

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    Thanks to everyone for the kind words. I hope others considering West Point remember a few things that helped my son's quest:
    • make and use that contact with MALO. This group of volunteers are helpful in answering your questions and providing advice. They are a key part of the admissions process.
    • attend an AIM; either for your state, or nearby. We attended three here in the Pac NW region.
    • start early; use your Junior year to take those SATs and to attend an AIM
    • consult with your teachers, coaches, counselors and advisors to write evaluations and letters of recomendation. Make sure they understand how important this is to you
    • get your file completed ASAP; get your stuff done well in advance of deadlines
    • have a balance of academic, community, leadership, and sports participation
    • review all that you can here at the forums for helpful tips and advice
    • get and stay organized
    • do visit West Point, and do talk with recent graduates or cadets
    • finally, communicate. Let your regional coordinator and your MALO advisor know how you are doing, and what your status is on a regular basis. Let them know what you are doing to update your file. Show them you are actively pursuing everything possible to be the best you can be.
     

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