AIM Cadre Recs

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  1. Run4YourLife

    Run4YourLife New Member

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    Whew, my daughter just completed online essays Sunday and hard copy docs were sent out certified mail yesterday. So the waiting begins...

    She wanted me to ask the following question:
    Do the cadre recommendations from AIM carry any weight in the selection process?
     
  2. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    Enough that 38 LOAs were sent out based on AIM performance, which included cadre reports. :thumb:
     
  3. Run4YourLife

    Run4YourLife New Member

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    More on LOA?

    Can you tell me a little more about LOAs... what they are, what purpose they serve, etc.?

    Thanks for the speedy reply, BTW. :smile:
     
  4. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    A "LOA" is a Letter Of Assurance. It is a conditional appointment.

    All the academies use them to persuade highly qualified candidates that they are liked, wanted, and desired. To give the candidate a warm fuzzy feeling of being chosen early.

    All the academies use them to attempt to get highly qualified candidates to choose "them" over someone else, by providing a guaranteed offer of appointment as long as the "condition" is satisfied.

    At the USMA, USNA, USAFA, and USMMA, the LOA "condition" is usually either a nomination and/or medically qualifying through DODMERB.

    At USCGA, the condition is for the candidate to complete the application and medically (DODMERB) qualify.

    Very few LOAs were awarded by USCGA - all went to AIMsters who somehow distinguished themselves through their transcripts, SAT/ACT test scores, and performance during their one-week at AIM.
     
  5. lmchatt

    lmchatt Member

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    LOA

    LOAs are a wonderful way to be recognized by the Academy. But as Luigi said, they are "conditional" and are not a guarantee for appointment to the academy for that year. Our daughter received an LOA for class of 2014 and is currently in prep school for CGA. She was very excited to receive this honor, but we misunderstood its meaning and felt it was a sure thing. The 2014 class was very competitive and not getting in during EA was a disappointment. She ultimately was sent to prep where she is doing quite well.
     
  6. palimom

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    So could someone explain this? If you receive a LOA and all you have to do is finish the application and pass medical...how does that turn into a Scholar's appt if you do finish the app and pass medical? Does that mean you were always going to get the CGA Scholars nod? Or is there something else that comes into play?

    And more specifically, if you get a conditional appt. from EA, what does that usually mean? You have to only pass medical? Or is there anything else that can cause your appointment to be rescinded? (Of course any trouble with the law aside, that's a no-brainer).
     
  7. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    As lmchatt and Luigi stated, a LOA is a "conditional" acceptance. Completing the application is a necessity for all candidates, as is completing the DoDMERB exam (including any remedial referrals).
    The LOA is making you aware that the academy feels you may be a great fit with the incoming class, but your record will still go before the Admissions board.
    A conditional appointment is given to those who meet/exceed the requirements set by the Admissions board, BUT, the candidate may still have to send in additional information requested by the board (ex: DoDMERB remedial results, SAT scores, hs transcripts, etc). They WILL tell you what they are looking for.
    Conditional appointments could be rescinded for any number of reasons (poor performance in classes during senior year, low PFE scores or a medical issue that could prevent the candidate from being commissioned into active duty). This too should be spelled out in the letter from USCGA if a candidate is offered a Conditional appointment.
     
  8. twopotato

    twopotato New Member

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    How can one find out if DS received a recommendation from their AIM Cadre? Thanks.
     
  9. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    Unless you received an LOA (or your AIM cadre specifically told you) there is no way of knowing.
     
  10. twopotato

    twopotato New Member

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    Many thanks, Luigi
     
  11. CGA Mom - Hopeful

    CGA Mom - Hopeful Member

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    My son just happened to see that he was recommended on the paperwork while he was having his interview during AIM...but did not get a LOA...so you never know
     
  12. danman2811

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    Ya, I attended AIM, and my division cadre made a remark along the lines that they were writing a recommendation about EVERYBODY, cuz she told the four of us we were all getting good recommendations (it was also sortof a complaint as in "i'm really tired and want to sleep but i have to write these" but she was still great). So my take on it is that if you attended AIM, you are getting a write up about you be it good or bad.
     
  13. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    Please do not get too fretful about this whole LOA business. Most of the cadets currently at USCGA did NOT receive a LOA. Our cadet attended AIM, did NOT receive a LOA and was selected for an appointment during EA last year.
    Those that attend AIM (aka AIMsters) do have a "recommendation" written by a cadre from their company; it is part of the responsibilities of being 2/c AIM cadre.
    Keep the faith :smile:
     

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