Just curious....

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by navymomwannabe, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. navymomwannabe

    navymomwannabe Member

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    So Phil's post got me thinking. If he chooses to go to NAPS with his principal nom, does another person on his congressman's slate get appointed as well?
     
  2. Spud

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    I had an accounting prof who started her answer to any class question with "It depends" and that is about the best answer for anything having to do with the admissions process of a service academy.

    The actual FINAL charging of an appointment to a particular congressman (or nominating source) is done after I-Day when they see who actually shows up. Up til that time it is loosey-goosey as they shuffle noms around. Such as in the case you asked about, it depends on how good the OTHER 9 candidates are. If the Navy wanted a particular one, they'd give the appointment to the #2 person and send one to NAPS. When the NAPSTER completes his 9 months, the Navy could charge him\her back to the congressperson OR some other nomination source (like the Sec of the Navy) and go back to the new congressional slate and grab a another good one off of there. Now the congressperson could actually have 3 from their state for only 2 slots. It all depends on the quality of the candidates the Navy sees before it. What they want, they will get and there is no way for us in the stands to influence the system. Except for each candidate to be the best they can be and let the chips fall where they may.

    That's why the continuing cry of "What's my chances" is really a totally useless question.
     
  3. navymomwannabe

    navymomwannabe Member

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    Thanks Spud, I have tried to learn as much as possible about this crazy NOM stuff and this situation was something I didn't have a clue about but your explanation makes total sense.

    And I'll see your "what are my chances" questions and raise you the "when will I hear" questions! ;)
     
  4. phil904

    phil904 NAPSter

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    I was under the impression that even with my principal nomination, I would have to apply for nominations again after completion of prep school.
     
  5. navymomwannabe

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    Yes, that is probably true, I was curious about the NOM that gets assigned to your MOC this year if you choose NAPS.
     
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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    NAPS/Foundation candidates aren't charged to MOCs until they are appointed to USNA, which would be next year. Next year, they must reapply for MOC noms but, if they don't receive one, will be appointed under a SecNav nom.

    If a principal nominee declines his/her appointment, the person selected depends on how the slate is submitted. If there are ranked alternates, USNA must offer the appointment to the next fully qualified applicant on the ranked slate (i.e., go to #2, then #3, until they find someone fully qualified). If the slate is competitive alternates, USNA chooses among the 9 (or fewer) remaining fully qualified candidates.
     
  7. Spud

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    And to muddy the water even further, the last 9 unranked, qualified alternates that usna85 mentioned can even be left at the altar. The Academy does NOT have to return to that list to pick one. Common sense says they should, the MOC would say they should, the state taxpayers would say they should, but the law says the Academy "may or may not" and without any explanation.

    This actually happened in our state with Air Force, to the dismay of a lot of people who worked hard to interview and pick the candidates (ALOs and MOC staff). The MOC staffs now track this trick very closely.
     

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