Multiple USMMA congressional nominations?

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  1. west coast dad

    west coast dad Member

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    My son is requesting a nomination to the USMMA from his Californian congress person from our district. Since king point allows a nomination from any congress person in California, should he request a nomination from multiple congress persons? Should he first wait to see if his representative nominates him first so we don't waste the time of the other congress persons?
     
  2. old grad

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    Since most nomination packets are pretty close to the same I would do all of them. My son applied last year and did the two Senators and the rep from our district. Good luck.
     
  3. WMAmom

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    My DS applied for nominations from both senators and our congressman. He received nominations from his congressman ( who called him twice once to tell him of his nomination and once to congratulate him on his appointment.). He also received nomination from one senator, but we never heard from the other. I suspect it was misplaced or something. All the more reason to seek out a nomination from more than one.
     
  4. BuckeyeGuy

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    Apply to both US Senators if you can (I believe that some states have an agreement that you can apply to Sen X or Sen Y but not both) and also to your district Congressperson. You can try to seek another district Congressperson, but not all are receptive since you do not live in their district and there may not be much in the way of political gain for them to nominate you since you cannot vote for them. My DS applied to both US Senators and our Congressman, and he received a nomination from Congressman and Sen. X and he received a letter from Sen. Y stating that you received a nomination from Sen. X and we coordinate our nominations and you will not be receiving one from me...spreading the wealth and votes IMHO.

    Best of Luck with your application(s) and nominations.
     
  5. west coast dad

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    Thank you for the replies. We will request from each of our senators.
     
  6. LongAgoPlebe

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    Just a clarification. Every candidate for every service academy should apply to every nomination source for which they're eligible. At a minimum, that's both Senators and your Representative. USMMA applicants aren't eligible for Vice Presidential nominations (or rather, the VP can't nominate to USMMA).

    I think you might have been thinking that some Senators and Representatives exchange information on who they're going to nominate so that they don't both nominate the same person. Some Senators/Representatives do this, some do not - there's no way to tell ahead of time unless they announce it. But everyone should apply to at least those three sources and any others for which you're eligible.
     
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  7. old grad

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    There is no benefit to actually getting multiple noms for USMMA. It is in the words of the admissions folks a check the block thing. My daughter got notified of her nom today. Let the waiting begin. The wait for my son was hard and I think this one will be even harder.
     
  8. west coast dad

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    We will be happy with one nomination, congrats on your nomination you must be very proud!!
     
  9. LongAgoPlebe

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    True that, old grad. All it takes is one nom (by U.S. law, Title X). Back in my day, it was more common for my classmates to have had multiple noms. I am speculating that Senators and Representatives make greater efforts to share info about who they're nominating, to minimize unnecessary duplication. Still, though, every candidate should apply to every nom source for which they're eligible. Your chances of a nom can only increase - however infinitesimally!
     
  10. Rayme

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    You can only apply to your local Congressman and two state Sen. All you need is one nomination. It does not matter from who.
     
  11. Freda'sMom

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    No, that's not true for USMMA.

    USMMA allows nominations from any Congressman in your state, regardless of your home/local district.
     
  12. SemperFi0802

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    So, when my son applied to USMMA, he had missed the deadline to apply to his two senators. Upon the advice of the academy (since USMMA allows any state rep from that state) he applied to 4 state representatives. Every one of them called to ask why he had applied to a rep not from his district... so he explained the academy policy. Two reps said flat out, 'respectfully, we will nominate students from our district.' One rep said, 'we called your rep and you look like a strong candidate, so we are going to let you work through him.' Our local rep gave our son a nomination. One thing to remember about nominations... each rep gets 10 nominations - so collectively the US House of Reps has 4,350 nominations and the Senate has 1,000. USMMA class of 2019 only had 1600 applications. As a side note, to my son's knowledge, he was the only applicant in his interview group that put USMMA as his #1 choice. All the other kids in the interviews had USNA or some other academy as #1. I think that your chances of getting a nomination sky rocket under that scenario.
     
  13. Rayme

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    OK. What about your Congressman.
     
  14. Freda'sMom

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    What about him? :confused2:

    You can apply to your Congressman and any other MOC in your state.

    That means if you live in California, you can legally apply to any of the 55 Members of Congress (2 US Senators and 53 Representatives) for a nomination to USMMA.
     
  15. LongAgoPlebe

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    This is incorrect. You may only apply to the Representative in whose district you reside. See this Nominations FAQ:

     
  16. west coast dad

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    Your link states....

    "For USMMA, you can apply to any Rep in the STATE in which you reside."

    Plus two senators
     
  17. kinnem

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    @LongAgoPlebe

    Unfortunately you are the one who is incorrect. Keep in mind this is the USMMA forum and the nomination process for USMMA is different.

     
  18. LongAgoPlebe

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    I stand corrected; mea culpa. I learned something today.
     
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    I had a conversation about this at work today. I participated in this process as a successful applicant and later as an interviewer. My perception is that if the Academy wants to admit your son, a nomination will be arranged. As correctly noted above, there are many more nominations than slots.
     
  20. west coast dad

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    So my son sent his nomination material to three nearby congressman outside our district. Two responded that they only nominate within their district but the third has scheduled an interview. In addition he also sent his material to the two senators and our congressman but no word back yet. So for the usmma it is worth it to seek nominations outside your district but in our case most will not respond with an interview.
     

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