12-11-2007, 09:34 AM #111 USNA69 Senior Member The LOA candidates do not count on your congressman's slate of nominations. This is a popular misconception which has been around for several years and seems to gain relife every few months. Ann addressed it not more than a month ago. But here goes. Federal law does not address LOAs. They were created by the SAs themselves for their own benefit. Therefore they must comply with US Code Title 10....... If the MOC submits a competitive slate, the top candidate, LOA or not, based solely on merit, is granted that appointment and counts against his 5 total that can be in the SA at any one time. If he submits a Primary candidate and that candidate is fully qualified, again, LOA or not, that candidate will receive the appointment and be counted against that MOC's total. All candidates who do not receive primary nominations, MOC, Pres, Vice Pres, Secretary of service, ROTC, or whatever, LOAs included, will be placed in the national pool as selected alternates. LOAs, by their nature, will rise to the top of this pool. THIS IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT ALL CANDIDATES ATTEMPT NOMINATIONS FROM ALL SOURCES AVAILABLE.