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  1. gocubsgo

    gocubsgo Member

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    Chicago Area

    Is the Chicago Area considered a very competitive area for nominations and appointments?
     
  2. JettAirliner

    JettAirliner USNA Appointee 2016

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    Any large metropolitan area is likely to be competitive.
     
  3. Pima

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    A state with a large population will also be competitive for the Sens. Think about it. Every Cong. has @ the same amount of constituents, at the same time they all have 2 sens.

    Look at Delaware, they have 1 congressman, and 2 senators. Thus, the odd for them are going to be better in getting a Sen. nom, than a state like VA, where they have 13 congressman, and 2 Sens.

    I would not place IL., at the competitive level of CA, CO, FL, MD, NY, PA,TX or VA, but I also wouldn't put them at the level of AK, MT, or WY either.

    One thing that makes some states more competitive than others is military installations. Traditionally, states with military have military children who apply in that state increasing the pool. It also has kids in town growing up going to bases for air shows, spending their youth looking up at the sky watching the Thunderbirds or Blue Angels dreaming of doing that some day.

    The fact is your only concern is submitting the strongest packet you can. Even in a non-competitive state there will be candidates that do not get a nom. If you are competitive against your peers, regardless of how competitive the state is you will get that nom.

    OBTW, you can always call your MOC and just ask...traditionally how many applications do you get? That will quickly tell your odds, because a slate can only have 10 on it. Hence if they have 300 historically asking for a nom, you have a 1 in 30 chance. But in the end, as I stated, it is not about how many are on the slate, it is about your stats.
     
  4. me1fan

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    Good question. I am also from Chicago and I am applying for an appointment to service academies. I know that besides me, my friend is also applying for a nomination. We are both from the 4th District, what district are you? I think it might be easier to apply for the house of rep. nomination, than a senator nomination. I don't think it is that competitive, but than again, I never knew someone else from Chicago was going to apply yo a service academy. What academies are you considering? That's just what I think about competitiveness. Let me know if you agree?
     
  5. Dolphins2012

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    My DS is from the 5th Dist. I've been trying to make some determination as to how competitive Illinois and the 5th Dist. are, but no luck. I just assume it's fairly competitive as we're in or around Chicago. My DS does not know anyone else applying to the Naval Academy (the only service academy he applied to) or any of the other service academies from his high school.

    You can call the service academy nomination coordinators and find out how many applicants they typically have each year, how many vacancies are open for 2016 next summer for each academy, stuff like that, and I understand they'll tell you.
     

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