Admissable Mailings?

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  1. djn7292

    djn7292 Member

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    hey everyone,

    I received a Letter of Assurance back in October, and since then I have received 3 nominations to USMA. I have been waiting for a few months for a decision to be made on my medical waiver, which is the last thing I need to receive an appointment.

    A few days ago, I received a letter from USMA which said something along the lines of - "This is the first in a series of special mailings to help you prepare for entrance into West Point. We want to ensure you're fully informed about the exciting and unique 47-month experience on which you'll embark at the end of June." The letter also containted a form to fill out and mail back to the association of graduates. Today I looked on my portal, and now there is a new link which takes me to my "Admissable mailings." Has anyone else gotten these letters? To me they sound like letters you get after you receive an appointment. Is something here out of order?

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. STRIVE

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    Scroll down to the bottom of your candidate portal. This is where you will find information related to your appointment along with additional requests for information. The admissables are listed on the top right of the candidate portal.
     
  3. djn7292

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    Everything else on my portal is the same accept for the addition of the admissable mailings link?
     
  4. buff81

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    djn7292-
    Same thing happened to my son last year. Had a LOA+3 noms+ medical DQ's and waiting on the waivers. He received this 1st Admissible mailing in Feb of last year. We too felt like it was for admitted candidates. After a couple of phone calls, we found out that the waivers had not been granted yet and the RC told us that they send those 1st Admissible's not only to admitted candidates but also to LOA's with medical waivers outstanding THINKING that the waivers would be granted. We tried not to read TOO much into that statement knowing that the RC had no control over the granting of waivers. I guess they wanted us to have that info if the waivers were granted. We felt it was a little cruel - that they were dangling the carrot in front of our son but could yank it away at any moment. We had just as soon not had that mailing until the appointment was in hand. You will continue to get the 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc Admissible mailings. They came about every month.

    My son finally got his waivers at the end of April ( after the April 15 LOA deadline! :eek: ) and is a Plebe this year. His first waiver was granted and it was 2 weeks before the 2nd one was granted. Last year, the docs at West Point were swamped. My attitude was- take as long as you want and give his case a good look through - don't rush through it - but it did wear down on us! Hang in there - you WILL know one day!

    Good luck!
     
  5. djn7292

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    Thank you for your help!

    One last question, exactly how long did you have to wait for your waiver? It sounds like you were waiting forever :eek:

    I had my remedial appointments in December spoke to a colonel in january who said it would be at least 2 weeks for a decision to be reached.


    Thank you for your help
     
  6. buff81

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    Almost 7 months total. About 6 months from when the remedial was received. There were reasons for that long wait, but I won't bore you with the details. I did get the feeling that my son's case was unusual. Hence the argument stands that every case is different!

    Still - it's a hard hard wait, I know. We were told that the docs work diligently to render decisions on the waivers, but that we also had to remember that reviewing waiver cases was not their full time job. They are West Point doctors and have patients that they are responsible for and to.
     
  7. mmb5

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    Son was DQd in early November for what he believed was a very minor problem [but don't we all!],received waiver in mid Feb for USMA, waiting for USNA.They're swamped, and they won't begin to consider the waiver request until they know they have a viable candidate.
     
  8. TheKnight

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    Sounds like you and I are in the exact same boat.
     
  9. djn7292

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    Yea the waiting is the worst part. I just hope a decision is reached before the April 15th deadline. What happens if I do get a medical waiver, but it is after the deadline? Do I go to the national waiting list?
     
  10. Just_A_Mom

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    Waiting for a waiver just depends. Waivers generally go from WP Admissions to the WP Surgeon at Keller Army Hospital. This physician reviews all waivers and he also may request further information or testing. Right now they are very very busy so it takes time since he does this in addition to his full time job.

    Because the waiver process can get lengthy - admissions normally sends information packets for appointees to those with an LOA just waiting on a waiver. This is so you don't get flooded with information should your waiver come later in the spring and to keep you interested.

    The LOA "deadline" does not apply when you are waiting for a waiver. If further testing or information is required they may impose a deadline for that since they need to know if you are still interesting in your appointment and to keep admissions moving along.
    Hang in there....
     
  11. buff81

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    If it gets close to April 15 and you have still not heard about your waiver, give your RC a call and tell him/her. That is what we did and our RC said that he would take care of it. Our son's waiver came almost 2 weeks after the deadline but we didn't worry about the LOA expiring because our RC was on top of it. It was nice to have ONE less thing to worry about!
     

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