Medical Wavier Granted Now What

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  1. BillT

    BillT Member

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    Hi my son received a letter two days ago from USNA informing him his medical wavier was approved. On the web site they indicate you will only be considered for wavier if/when you get a letter of appointment. To his knowledge he has not gotten a LOA. What does this mean, and what is the next step. Thank to all in advance.
     
  2. mmb5

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    Son has been told opposite - that file will not be reviewed for final appointment until medical waiver is granted.
     
  3. parkhurst89

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    There is a difference between an LOA or Letter of Assurance and an offer of appointment.

    An LOA is known as a Conditional Offer Of Appointment and is sent to a candidate that guarantees an appointment if he/she completes the application, is found medically qualified, passes the CFA, and receives a nomination. Conditional offers of appointment keep the Academy competitive with colleges making early offers to students with outstanding credentials.

    An offer of appointment is offered to candidates who have completed the application, found medically qualified, passed the CFA, and received a nomination. These fully qualified offers of appointment are made throughout the cycle until the maximum number of offers to fill the class has been made.

    As for the medical wavier, if a candidate has a disqualifying condition, a candidate will be automatically considered for a waiver if/when they appear to be meeting the requirements for an offer of appointment.

    So the long and the short, going by what you posted your candidate is tracking well for an appointment so USNA has granted a medical wavier on a disqualifying condition.
     
  4. harmi

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    Just wondering, if someone has passed the all 3 catagories, physically, medically and scholastically...and are seeking a several)nominations, (has applied to all sources)...what are the odds they will be offered an appointment? No LOA...baffles us...4.0 GPA... will grad first in class...any advice or info? Thanks!!:smile:
     
  5. jennyp

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    harmi, harmi, harmi: You are still obsessing over LOA. Think of it this way: If USNA perceives they need a quarterback, Greek speaking female who can lift 500 pounds, more kids from somewhere, some state, etc........these folks may get LOA's. There is no formula. No way anyone outside of Admissions can predict the chances of their kid or anybody's kid getting LOA.

    Not to rain on your parade, but academics are just one of many facets. That Whole Candidate Score takes into account interview with BGO, extra curriculars, sports, recommendations from English and Math teachers as well as a rating of just how tough your high school is.

    Rest assured, Admissions is full to the gills with valedictorians with eye popping SAT's, many extra curriculars, pt studs, etc. who can gain admission to any college or university in the land. One of my clients had a son applying at the same time as my son. His did not get offered an appt to USNA. Mine did. His kid's ACT was two points higher. Can't tell you anything about the rest of the boys statistics. But client just tells people, "My boy's SAT was XX and he did not get offered an appintment to USNA. What more could they want?" The short answer is "a lot!"

    So, add this information to the fact that your child will likely compete on a slate of ten nominees from his/her congressional district/state. What if there's one on that slate who matches stats one by one with your child, yet has a few more pullups. Or the math teacher was more enthusiastic in their assessment.

    In short, there are a myriad of factors you cannot control. You can control one thing: your application package. Make it as strong as possible. In every way. Take and retake the standardized tests. Re-do the CFA.

    Now, repeat after me: "We do not expect to know anything until mid March."
     
  6. jennyp

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    To clarify a bit further........those two or three or four awesome applicants on some MOC's slate may all get appointments! But the fact remains that they do compete with each other.

    My point is that many super duper outstanding kids do not get LOA's. And do get appointments.

    "Thanks for asking. We do not expect to know anything from USNA until mid March:thumb:!"
     

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