Has anyone heard of this?

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  1. ppk10

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    I had an interview on Saturday with the board for my Senator's nomination. During the interview they told me that there was a letter in my file from the Athletic Director stating that he wanted me to be admitted. I am kinda being recruited to play football (I get emails, letters and was invited to a game this Fall), but I haven't been invited for an official visit or anything. The board told me that I should keep an eye open for an LOA. Does this seem normal? It seems that normally the candidates have to tell the board they have an LOA - not the other way around? Also, I read that the board is out till January - is this correct? Thanks for any insight.
     
  2. Just_A_Mom

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    West Point admissions will send a copy of an LOA to the Congressmen. They are just deducing from the information they have from admissions that you would get an LOA.

    The admissions board is probably not meeting now until January - West Point is in finals week and then there are the holidays. You could still have some sort of communication from your Regional Commander - feel free to give him a call.
     
  3. BeatNavy

    BeatNavy USMA Cadet

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    So if an LOA recipient were to get a Nomination between now and Christmas, the appointment would probably not be processed until January?
     
  4. Just_A_Mom

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    It depends - if you have an LOA then you don't need the board to meet. If they can they will try and get out the appointment. If you are getting an appointment they WANT you to have it!
    A lot of the officers will take leave over Christmas though - so hang tight.
     
  5. ppk10

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    Thanks Just_A_Mom! I'll call him
     
  6. Grannie

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    Our son is an athletic recruit (non-football) and has a LOA dated early November. The Athletic Director does send notification to the MOCs that West Point has an interest in recruiting an athelete for a varsity sports team. As he was made aware of this during his official visit in September, it appears this is done very early in the process. The letter from the athletic department was also referred to in a letter from our Congressman that asked our son to complete their office's questionnaire.

    A LOA is totally different and is from the admissions office when the candidates file is or nearly is complete (e.g., the LOA may contain contingencies such as the completion of the CFA or a nomination is received). Our son's high grades and SAT scores are such that he would be qualified to attend the Academy without the athletic interest. His letter actually states that a cadetship is being held for the candidate provided the contingencies, if any, are met and grades, behavior, etc., is maintained.

    Now, I suggest you become in closer contact with the coach or recruiting coordinator for your team and arrange for an official visit, meet the team and coaches, get a feel for the campus and most of all, decide if you are ready for the commitment. This is a very big decision for you and it is most important that you make it with full knowledge of what will be expected of you and if this is the path you wish to take.
     

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