Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by cmccollum4693, Dec 17, 2010.
Does having more than one congressional nomination help you in admissions?
It may mean that you are highly qualified, but the admissions won’t go “Ohhh two nominations, he is in!"
While that is true, is does increase your chances of admissions by providing more available ways to appoint you. It also gives you two shots at the initial "1 per 10 nomination" appointment which is usually easier to get (depends on the competitiveness of your district of course) than the national pool.
Oh yeah, didn’t think of that
and its one less guy i have to compete against
The answer is no...other than there is one less person you have to compete against. But as an individual, no. You need one and only one Nom.
Send my your full name and the last four digits of your SSN and we can discuss why this may not be the best answer without knowing the particulars of this situation.
There is one case where only a single nomination is required. If the candidate has a Letter of Assurance (LOA), admissions will offer an appointment as soon as the candidate is otherwise qualified (file complete, continued academic success, medically qualified, and passed CFA).
For most candidates, the answer given by America's Finest is the better answer. Admissions always advises candidates to apply for ALL nominations available. When a candidate is notified of a nomination from one source, they often ask if they should let their other nomination sources know that they "no longer need a nomination". The WP admissions officer for the Southeast recently answered that question this way:
"...A candidate only competes against other candidates who have the same nomination. It is helpful for candidates to compete in as many pools as possible. A candidate might win their Senator's vacancy but not their local Representative's. Or visa-versa."
Bottom line: unless you have an LOA, you want as many nominations as possible because each nomination let's you compete for another vacancy.
I am modifying my statement which I have confirmed with the experts. I answered the question, but there are now spin-offs from the question:
1) You must have one nom from an authorized nominating source. Without a nom, U do not get in to an SA, except USCGA.
2) All applicants must be selected by the SA; pass the CFA; have a nom (except for the USCGA); and be medically qualified or receive a waiver.... or U do not get into a SA.
3) All applicants should apply to all authorized nominating sources. NOT all sources conduct business the same way. There are individual MOC and states that will NOT provide a nom to someone who already has a nom. They are authorized to do this and their reply is they want to expand the opportunities for their constituents.
4) Those folks that do receive more than one nom, compete with different people, so, yes, if you have a nom from a US Rep, you are competeing within that district. If you have a nom from a US Sen, you are competeing with the folks from that State.
That is the correct answer regarding noms and the variants thereof. An LOA consitutes being "selected." But, most of the Academies, do NOT send "selectees" a LOA after their general boards. So, while there can be more questions and variables regarding this topic, the above is 100% accurate
So in the sense of competing from within the pool of candidates of your nominating source (i.e., if you have a Senatorial nom you compete within that group at the state level), any idea how that works for a Senior ROTC nomination? Would you then compete within all Senior ROTC, or SROTC from that particular battalion, or ???
I'm not an expert, but I think that USMA only has 20 total slots for an ROTC nomination. That means only 20 candidates can be accepted from that pool of rotc nominees, nationwide.
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