My son is a hopeful for the USMA. His application was complete in October (including the fitness assessment and medical eval) and he received an e-mail from admissions stating that he would receive an LOA. He had his MOC interviews the weekend before Thanksgiving. Last weekend we received a letter from his 'admissions specialist' stating he was 'found fully qualified', then he received a letter telling him his medical waiver had been approved. Yesterday he received an overnight letter from the Director of Admissions stating "Congratulations! The Admissions Committeee has recommended you for an appointment to the United States Military Academy. Accordingly, I have reserved a cadetship for you contigent upon receipt of a nomination and continued excellent work at school. When these matters are resolved, you will be appointed a member of the USMA Class of 2014. Because this letter is sent only to outstanding candidates deserving an offer of admission, your accomplishments to date should be a source of special satisfaction to you and your family. Best of luck becoming a West Point Cadet." His local liaison told my son to contact our MOC's and make sure they know he received this letter and to get them a copy on Monday. This isn't worded like some of the other candidates LOA's. It doesn't say, "letter of assurance" and it doesn't have an expiration date. His grades are always good but his 7th semester transcript won't be final until the end of January. Our MOC nominations could be released at any time. While the letter is really nice, what exactly is it telling us? We don't want to get too excited.