Congressional Nominations for USMMA

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  1. RedDragon

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    I have a son at USAFA and a second who is interested in exploring USMMA. I know a candidate needs a nom, and it appears that our senators and congressman usually nominate 3 -5 per year. Do the same rules apply ie. 10 nominations allowed for each opening an MOC has? If so could it be that the interest is not so high in our area?

    After reading more about USMMA I really feel this could be a good option for him. Thanks for your input....
     
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    So I am guessing there isn't such a thing as a principal congressional nom given that you first must compete within your state? It could happen that a congressman may nominate only 1 and this person may not make the cut at the state level....
     
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    Members of Congress do not designate nominations as principal for KP. With 535 MOC's there could be twice the appointments (+\-) than available chairs. Each MOC can nominate up to 10 each year. If you really want to dig into the detail, the form that each MOC needs to fill out for KP is available online if you hunt for it.

    I have not checked all 50 states but I'm pretty sure there are more members of Congress in most if not all the states than there are designated seats for a given state.

    Once admissions flips to the national pool, all of that goes out the window for a given class. The remaining pool of qualified applicants on a national level are then merit selected for the chairs that were not filled with state specific applicants for whatever reason.

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  5. cmakin

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    Back in my day, I was nominated to USAFA, USNA and USMMA. If I had chosen USMA on my initial application to my Congressman, I probably would have been nominate there, too. . . . .
     
  6. KPEngineer

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    Don't get too caught up in the numbers, you are over-analyzing it.

    There really aren't any rules for the MOCs and they can pretty much do whatever they want with their nominations except that for KP you must be from their state. They may nominate you even if you don't meet the minimum qualifications. Some states are more competitive than others and a MOC might have twice as many applicants as nominations, or twice as many nominations as applicants. I had friends who had to do in person interviews with their MOCs and thier MOCs coordinated to ensure that no one got more than one nomination so that they could maximize the applicants from their state. I had to do no interviews. I just wrote my letters, sent in my applications and I got nominated by all three of my MOCs.
     

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