How to Contact Members of Congress

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  1. JCL

    JCL New Member

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    Hello,
    I am a Junior starting the nomination process. On my MOC's websites, they each have distinct methods with which I should contact them. One of them simply has an online application that opens May 15th. However, I have read in several places that it can be beneficial to contact them with a written letter as soon as possible.
    Would it be better to wait to fill out forms and call them, or to write them a letter now? Even if they do not explicitly mention writing a letter?

    Any advice is appreciated,
    Thank you
     
  2. time2

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    I would follow the advice listed on their websites since each may have different preferred methods of applying for a NOM. I would not look to invent reasons to call or write them as the NOM process isn't about who you know.

    Calling could be very awkward as I am sure a staff member would answer the phone then what exactly would you say as to why you actually need to speak to the senator/congressman???? That actual NOM interviews are usually NOT with the senator/congressman but a panel who are operating on their behalf.
     
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    nn139 USAFA Appointee 2017

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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Without meaning to sound flip, following directions is an important aspect of military life.

    Go to your MOCs' websites and see what they say to do. Some require letters; for others, the application form is available on-line.

    Likewise, if they say they only accept 2 letters of recommendation, don't send 5. Or 3.

    If the directions are unclear or if you need additional guidance, there is usually a person you can contact. However, getting to know him/her is unlikely to increase your likelihood of getting a nom. As a general rule, they process the paperwork and are not involved in the actual decision-making.
     
  5. JCL

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    Thanks for the advice, everyone. I will contact them exactly how they want me to.

    Thank you.
     

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