Is this normal?

Discussion in 'Nominations' started by chase11, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. chase11

    chase11 New Member

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    So I'm a little confused... I went in to my interview expecting a whole slew of questions. Instead I got just one: Why do you want to go to a military service academy? After my response, my representative informed me that he would be nominating me to the Air Force and Naval academies. My interview lasted for 3 minutes.

    I know my answer wasn't that mind blowing, so what's the deal here? Don't they usually nominate months after interviews? The only thing I can think of is that he is up for reelection so maybe he's nominating earlY?

    I'm just curious to see if anyone else had an experience like mine?
     
  2. aglages

    aglages Parent

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    The saying "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth" comes to mind. Be happy Dude! You're getting a Dell...errrr...a nomination! :thumb:
     
  3. CandidateElias15

    CandidateElias15 USNA '15 Appointee

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    what state are you from?
    it might depend on where you're from, how competitive the area is, and your status yourself.
    I went into my interview for my senator, (FL), and the board told me that they would make sure I would get a nomination from the other senator or my congresswoman if they couldnt nominate me themselves. And I was told this after 5 minutes, and after I showed them a copy of my LOA. I asked them why wouldnt they just nominate me (in a very cordial manner), and one guy laughed and said because you're already going to get an appointment.
    In other words, sometimes the nominating sources will give you a nom, best way to accept it is by.. accepting it =)
     
  4. onee

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    I mean no disrespect to you, however, How can they deciede this in three minutes? Sounds to me like they decided this before you got in there. You must have incredible stats!! Congrats to you!:biggrin:
     
  5. jennyp

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    Here's my take on the situation: Your rep, or his committee had basically made up their minds based upon your application. The purpose of getting you in front of them was just to verify that you seemed to be all that you portrayed yourself as in the application package. That being the case, why not tell you now, instead of making you wait!

    I once served on a statewide scholarship committee thing in Texas. 120 awards, good ones: 10-15K each. 350 applicants. We reviewed the applications ad nauseum, ranked them, invited 120 for interviews. Just to put our eyeballs on them, so to speak. A couple of basic questions as some of the awards were dependent upon having a certain major or attending a certain school. So, obviously we asked "Do you still plan to major in XXX?" Just a verification. These kids had to wait two days for an awards ceremony, but it was similar to what you described.

    Congratulations!:thumb:
     
  6. Pima

    Pima Parent

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    I agree with jenny, for some MOC's the interview process is just a formality to complete their check list.

    For other MOC's or even some candidates it could be that you are on the cusp, so they want to get to know you more.

    In your case, it was in their mind a done deal on paper, as long as you didn't walk in with tats up and down your arms, and body piercing you were going to get the nom.
     

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