I know there are dozens of threads about the different nomination methods (and I have read lots of them) but I am still a little confused. DS got a call from our Congressman's office two weeks ago and was simply told he was nominated. Today the official letter came. This is the wording: "I have nominated you for appointment to the U.S. Military Academy as a competitive alternate. If you complete your entrance requirments and are judged suitable by the academy, you should receive an appointment." This wording is a little different from what I have read on these forums before. I think this means that there was a principal nominee that was not my son. But does this mean that the other 9 are ranked or unranked? DS already received a letter from USMA that he was qualified academically and physically. His medical status on his portal just changed to "Qualified" as well.