I recently received two letters from USMA. One letter was congratulating me on receiving an ROTC nomination to USMA. My schools JROTC unit is an Honor Unit with Distinction, so apparently we get to give out a few nominations. This is good, because I haven't heard back from the Senators and my Congresswoman yet. However, the second letter was a bit more worrying. It notified me that, although I was fully qualified for admission, that I had been placed on the national waiting list. Based on what I know about the admissions process, there are only 80 spots open for ROTC nominations, and, unless I am mistaken, I'm competing against college students from ROTC programs around the nation. What does my being placed on the wait list mean exactly? My best guess is that it means that, while I didn't get a ROTC slot, I will be able to compete for a general nomination slot that is left over after all the congressional, presidential, vice presidential, and service connected slots are filled, but I'm not certain.