LOA & Nomination: A Waiting game

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  1. summer1942

    summer1942 Member

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    Just imagine: You received a LOA in September :shake:, and then ...waiting, waiting....:confused:

    Most of MOCs will not interview their candidates until late Nov or Dec, then they still have one month to decide which one will be on the list.

    So you have to play this waiting game for almost 4 ,5 months and nothing you can do about it. :thumbdown:
     
  2. FutureNavyPilot

    FutureNavyPilot Fearless

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    Waiting is terrible!

    But honestly, I feel like NOT receiving an LOA is worse, because you're waiting for a nomination... and then even if receive one, you still have to wait months maybe until you find out if you received an appointment! At least an LOA is a nice way to let you know that the Academy wants you! :thumb:
     
  3. CandidateElias15

    CandidateElias15 USNA '15 Appointee

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    I know! I got a LOA Oct 4, I just have to wait till November for the MOC nomination results to come in..
    Does anyone know if theres a delay between knowing one has a nom with a LOA and then receiving an appointment?
    For example, lets say I receive a nom in November, will it take USNA any more time to recognize I have a nom and wait a while before offering me an appointment?
     
  4. usnajosh

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    MoC's don't have to report their nominations until sometime in January, if I recall correctly. So, assuming your nomination source waits that long, I would say appointments would most likely be expected in late January of early February.
     
  5. summer1942

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    Yes, you are right. MOCs do not have to submit their list until Jan 31. So the waiting game could last to 6 months.
     
  6. PositiveThinking

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  7. goldfarb1

    goldfarb1 Candidate

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    Just imagine: You received NO LOA, and then...waiting, waiting....and still need to get a nomination and make it through the academy's board.
     
  8. usnajosh

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    Yeah, and believe you me, it's not any easier the second time around! :eek:
     
  9. goldfarb1

    goldfarb1 Candidate

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    ^^^^

    Must be brutal.

    Looks like I'm going to be all in with my congressman's nomination. Got a letter from each senator saying no go. And my congressional interview isn't until December 4th...
     
  10. summer1942

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    No interview ? Why ?
     
  11. goldfarb1

    goldfarb1 Candidate

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    Guess I just didn't cut it. A friend from my school who is applying to WP (high SAT, top 2% in class, etc.) only got one interview. I wasn't really expecting much from the senators. There were quite a bit of well qualified candidates from across the state this year, and I doubt I could have competed with them looking at who received the nominations last year.

    I still have my interview with the congressman on Dec 4th which I'm banking on.
     
  12. gonavy2015

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    My DS received a letter from one of our Senators as well saying he could not offer a nomination (or an interview) as there were too many very qualified candidates this year. We too are banking on our Congressman.
     
  13. FutureNavyPilot

    FutureNavyPilot Fearless

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    I too was pretty bummed that I didn't cut it for one of the senators. The other senator is offering me an interview, but I know Florida is really competitive with top-notch kids, so I'm also banking on my Congressman, interview in December.
     
  14. N.Leondaridis.Mena

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    I have a question. How strong are LOAs? I know you are guaranteed a spot in the brigade if you complete the necessary components of your app by March 1st. I received my LOA back in early September, and everything is taken care of, even the nomination (NJROTC) except the medical qualification. I have an astigmatism that falls just outside of the 3.00 diopters range, which is disqualifying. The general consensus I receive is that I will be receiving the waiver, but the wait is a killer, and of course there is always that possibility of not receiving it. What is eating me I guess is that when I received the LOA back in September, I saw it as a relief because I didn't have to continue the application process to other colleges. Not sure if what I'm doing is a good idea anymore considering the chance I might not receive the waiver. Any advice is appreciated.
     
  15. NavalAcademyCandidate

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    N.Leondaridis.Mena, I am having a similar issue with applying to other colleges. I think I can make it to Annapolis as I am 3'qd, but still don't want to put all my eggs in one basket...I'm tentatively filling out applications with some other schools. I'd say better safe than sorry-unless you're way too busy with extra curriculars and school. I know this is kind of a case of the blind leading the blind, but I think others will agree with me. Oh, and I wish I had an LOA-I'm jealous :thumb:.
     
  16. N.Leondaridis.Mena

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    Thanks NavalAcademyCandidate. It sounds the safer thing to do. I'll ask my BGO as well.
     
  17. Just_A_Mom

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    You have a medical issue. My advise is to go to the DODMERB section of this forum, find the contact email for Mr Larry Mullen and email him with your situation, name and last 4 digits of your SSN.
    He is the one who can give you excellent advice. :thumb:
    Good Luck!
     
  18. N.Leondaridis.Mena

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    Thank you Just_A_Mom. I have already done so and he replied back to me this morning. He informed me that there is still a possibility of not receiving one, and he informed me more on the waiver process. I just sent him a reply regarding applying elsewhere as a backup, so I will wait and see his reply. Thank you once again.
     
  19. supportivemom

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    Everyone should be applying to other colleges, even those who have LOA's and nominations. It's a long time between now and I day and anything can happen. You might get your eye waiver, and then have something else come up to DQ you. Have a strong Plan B and even a C or D. You never know. Most USNA candidates are strong candidates at other schools and many recieve great scholarship offers. Better to have to choose from many great choices than have to scramble come May 1.
     
  20. PositiveThinking

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    It is important to have a good backup plan even after you receive your appointment. Our son kept his backup plan (admission to a big State U) right up until I Day at USNA. State U didn't care since they got to keep his application fees, and we thought of it as insurance. Any number of unforeseen things can happen between now and I Day, so be prepared! :thumb:
     

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