My Application doesn't say Qualified Candidate

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  1. Tweester777

    Tweester777 Member

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    It currently just says Candidate.
    I have a Congressional Nomination and I am medical qualified by DoDMERB.
    Is it my grades or physical scores that are bringing me down?
    Does this necessarily mean I am out, or I am I one of the people that would hear in the middle of April because I would be towards the bottom of the list?
    Or am I just freaking out over nothing?
     
  2. Ben014

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    I've been wondering the exact same things as you. Mine also just says candidate.
     
  3. Strike Eagle

    Strike Eagle USAFA Cadet 2015

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    So does mine. I'm pretty sure they all do.
     
  4. arewethereyet

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    don't worry

    My DS's page just has "candidate" as well and he has an LOA so don't worry. Take a deep breath and pace your self...you might still have a bit of a wait ahead of you. Good luck!
     
  5. 1993A10

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    My DS's just has candidate and he has accepted an appointment. Patience...March is almost here..
     
  6. RyWalk

    RyWalk Candidate-2015

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    On the application it says "*When you submit your application you become a "Prospect." When USAFA processes your application you become an "Applicant." Should USAFA deem you competitive and/or you receive a nomination, you will become a "Candidate." Note that you may receive a nomination and still not be deemed competitive by USAFA."

    I'm assuming since it doesn't mention "Qualified candidate" as a status, it's not a status that we would see.
     
  7. Christcorp

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    Excellent observation there Rywalk. There is no status that says: "Qualified Candidate". There is a portion under the DODMRB block that will say "Qualified". And there is a status block that says "Candidate". But the 2 words aren't put together.

    And you are also quite correct that just because a person is a candidate, doesn't mean they are qualified all the way around. We've read about 2,000-3,000 "Qualified Candidates" with nominations. Well; there are closer to 4,000+ actual "Applicants" with nominations. The MOC's don't determine if a person is "Qualified". They simply nominate. And that's why they give a slate of 10 names. So that both the highest scored person can receive the appointment; and in case the highest scored person isn't qualified or elects to not accept and appointment, there are more names to choose from.

    The fact that a nomination makes a person a "Candidate", doesn't really mean a whole lot. As I said; with 453 representatives giving up to 10 nominations each; 100 senators doing up to 10 each; on average about 500 presidentials; etc.... there's going to be 4000-5,000+/- "Candidates". And only about half of them will make the final cut prior to appointments being awarded.
     
  8. minniej

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    My son received a postcard stating he was an "official candidate" and listed a nomination. If he is considered an "official candidate", does this mean that he is also a "qualified candidate" (tripple qualified)?
    His application only shows candidate*,medically qualified, and the nomination.
     
  9. Pima

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    Unless things have changed in the past few yrs, it means they are 3q.

    The thing is the 3 q question always pops up on this forum (AFA), because USNA does officially say to the candidate that they are 3 q. The AF doesn't do that at all.

    That being said. The AFA on their website flat out states the min to be deemed competitive for the SAT and ACT (490 V and/or 24 E). The USNA does not give out their mins.

    This is probably why the USNA sends out the 3 q card.

    I do not want anyone to think that 490 is the bar to jump over to be competitive, because that is not true. It is just the point that the AFA has decided to use as a marker.
     
  10. dadof6

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    I read in the candidate handbook or pre candidate handbook and it does mention somewhere about the qualified candidate.. Maybe that is where the confusion comes from .
     
  11. Tweester777

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    Yeah, that's why I had some confusion as to where I would see "Qualified Candidate."
     
  12. minniej

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    Could someone verify the following equations?

    Candidate = qualified candidate (3q) w/o nomination

    Official Candidate = qualified candidate (3q) + nomination

    Nominations:
    Principle = Appointment Offered for slate
    Competitive = Compete on slate and/or NWL
     
  13. falconfamily

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    Check with your AFA Guidance Councelor. Apparently they can tell you directly if you are a qualified candidate (that final pool of about 2500 cadets from which they choose the approx 1345 appointments this year). My councelor told me that the fun starts up next week in earnest. :yikes:
     
  14. Christcorp

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    Correction: They don't choose the 1345+/- from the pool of 2500+/-. Before they choose from the national pool, they will have already chosen approximately 700 appointments. These will be approximately 553 from MOC slates, 100 presidentials, prior enlisted, ROTC, etc... So; from the national pool, they will be choosing approximately 600.

    Basically; whether there are 2500+/- that are considered qualified WITH nominations, or even if the number is higher (Which I believe it is), there are 3 stages or sections of appointments. 1)Military Oriented qualified nominees; e.g. presidentials, rotc, prior enlisted, etc... 2)MOC oriented qualified nominees; e.g. the majority of most applicants. Basically, 1 from each MOC slate. 3)The national pool. Where all those not offered an appointment in the first 2 sections I listed go to, to compete for the remainder of appointments that the academy chooses to fill the class.

    The first 2 categories/stages/sections I listed, WILL get all of their slots. Those are mandated. But they only make up about 700 appointments. The rest; "To Fill the Class"; come from the national pool. And "Fill the Class" is the variable that is unknown. Whether the academy chooses to have a class of 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, ????? Best of luck to everyone. Mike...
     

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