LOA but no nomination?

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  1. Napoleon

    Napoleon New Member

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    Do applicants ever recieve a LOA from an academy but not get a nomination from their MOC? I heard a rumor that the academies will work to find you a nomination if you don't get one in this case, but considering that MOCs can only legally nominate people in their districts, I'm not sure how this would work.
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Yes. There are LOA candidates who don't receive noms and who therefore don't receive appointments.

    I can't speak for all SAs, but the "rumor" that a SA will always "find" a nom for an LOA candidate is false for USNA. Last year I had three LOA candidates without noms via the regular channels (MOC, ROTC, Pres, VP). One got a Supe's nom. The other two were turned down.

    If you're a candidate with an LOA, give 100% to getting a nom on your own. Don't count on the SA "finding" one for you. It MAY happen but it may NOT.
     
  3. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    I will echo my USNA colleague...at USAFA the story is the same: you must get your nomination. A "Sup't" nom is a VERY RARE thing...we refer to them as "silver bullets." They are not squandered and when their use was explained to several of us at a meeting...it was made VERY clear they were to be the RARE exception, not a "norm."

    I've seen LOA's (granted, USAFA gives out the fewest) and some "blue chip" athletes...that didn't have nom's and weren't appointed. It happens.

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  4. Napoleon

    Napoleon New Member

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    Thanks a ton for the help.

    I definitely won't be relying on a Supe nomination, but I just wanted to make sure I had all my bases covered.
     
  5. arewethereyet

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    This actually happened to my son last year. He applied to all nominating sources available to him listing USNA as first choice and USAFA as second choice. He got a nomination to the Naval Academy then received an LOA to USAFA. So, after a long winter/spring waiting to hear from USNA he got the "qualified, no vacancy" letter. He did subsequently get a nomination from another source in our state (with the Academy's help) and is now a C4C and grateful to be at the USAFA.
     
  6. falconchic88

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    ^^^that is ecactly what happened to my son's GF. She had USNA as first choice because that is where my son is. She rcvd LOA to USAFA in October, then 2 noms to USNA and none to USAFA. Got the rejection letter from Navy in the spring, and still no nom from USAFA. Her admissions counselor did tell her that if they give you an LOA they really want you, and they will work hard to get you a nom, but they don't gaurrantee it, because usually it has to come from your state/district or from the VP. GF ended up calling her MOC coordinator, explaining the situation, and they were able to submit her name for a USAFA nom because at least one on their original slate was DQ'd medically. She is now a C4C at USAFA, counting downt the days to Thanksgiving :)
     

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