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  1. PaParent

    PaParent Member

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    Hello everyone, my name is Tim and I am a proud parent of an academy hopeful! My daughter currently in "anxiously waiting" mode. She just received a principle nomination from our senator last Friday (USNA) but hasn't heard anything from Navy. She is also considering USMA thru a possible nomination from our congressman. After following and encouraging her along this incredibly difficult journey, we are all hopeful for a positive conclusion to this process! Our whole family has been collectively holding our breath for what seems like an endless year. We are not a "military" family, as she will be the first to enter without being drafted! We are very proud of her, and honestly believe at least two of her sisters may someday follow the trail she is blazing. She would enter with her eyes wide open. She has visited Army as a recruited athlete and done the summer session at Navy. She absolutely loved both experiences, and knows fully well what a tremendous honor and privilege attending either academy would entail. She did secure an ROTC scholarship should she not get "in" but we are really, really hopeful she doesn't need it. That's it from a nervous family in rural Pennsylvania! Thanks
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    Welcome aboard. Hope she ends up with an appointment! :thumb:
     
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    Welcome to the forum! If your DD has a Principal nomination and is 3Q, she will receive an appointment. Give USNA a little time -- they may not have received your MOC's slate of nominations yet. Congrats!
     
  4. PaParent

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    She is 3Q, but I'm not fully cognizant of what principal nomination does for her. How does one find out just which/how many positions each senator or congressman have empty/available at each academy?
     
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    Principal nom means if she's 3Q (including DoDMERB physical) than the academy MUST take her.
     
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    Principal Nomination

    I am by no means an expert here, but my understanding is if your candidate is 3Q'd and has a principal nomination an appointment is nearly guaranteed. There was about a 3 week waiting period from the time my DS received his principal Nom and when his MOC contacted him to say, "Congrats your appointment is on its way!"
     
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    Thanks for the replies. This process has been so thorough and challenging! The one thing I've personally taken from her journey is that the senator that nominated her has run a truly "fair" process. We have absolutely no political clout or connections whatsoever! It was all her.
     
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    Welcome and congrats on the principal nomination!

    We are also Pennsylvanian's. You may note from my prior posts that I have been intrigued about the nom process in PA for some time.

    I am curious if the principal for your DD was from Sen Toomey or Sen Casey?
     
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    Glad to hear she got the Principal nomination. She is in. My son got his Offer of Appointment today and we are excited. We are in PA (Erie) but got his from Congressman Thompson. Where in PA are you from?
     
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    Totally understand the waiting and praying process. We are from PA, my DD is presently a very happy Plebe.it was a grueling process but so worth it.Good luck!
     
  11. PaParent

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    Johnstown PA area and the principal came from Toomey. If her portal is correct she also received a nomination from Rothfus (12th) to USNA and USMA. She was declined by Casey
     
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    First of all, many congrats to your daughter on her principle nomination!

    I am really, really just trying to understand this whole process of nominations, but failing miserably. According to this link, Senator Toomey gave nominations to 4 candidates who already were offered appointments to USNA. I am assuming they must have had LOAs? Along with those, your daughter also received a PN from him. That makes 5 candidates who presumably will are USNA appointees. How does this system work if the Senators have the same number of appointees as the other MOCs? This looks like there would be 5 just for this class, and I thought they could only have 5 total across all the classes.

    Again…I am just hoping and trying to understand this process.
    Thanks so much!

    http://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1244
     
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    The Senator can only have 5 total across all the classes who are charged to him. The simple fact that they were on his nomination slate does not mean they were charged to him. They may have also had other noms (and undoubtedly did) to which they were charged. Perhaps one of the PA congressmen, a Presidential, or a ROTC nom.
     
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    I have no idea how the process works in total. I followed that link and my daughters PN wasn't mentioned. Not sure what that means
     
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    Finally A BFE!

    Today our DD received a surprise call from our congressman congratulating her on her appointment to West Point! Two hours later the offer was in our mailbox. What a great day for our family!
     
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    Congrats, PAParent! All the best to her as she begins her journey!
     
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    From one PA parent to another congratulations to you DD and the entire family. Tell thanks for wanting to service this country.

    God Bless and God Speed,

    RGK
     
  18. Roseville

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    Batinhand1,

    Hi, I am new to the forum, but have been reading it for the last year as my son has been applying!

    I would have sent a PM, but it seems I can't until I have 5 posts...

    Brief background, and then my question.

    Background:

    DS was awarded AROTC 4-year scholarship to 3 of the schools on his list, 2 of which have accepted him. He hasn't yet heard from his top choice (Villanova), and won't until mid to late March, so we are in the position - along with many others - that we have to choose from the 2 others in order to guarantee not losing the scholarship. We think he'll probably get into Villanova, but with colleges you never know... So, we've opted to designate Gannon University as his scholarship school. (We live in MA and his other choice was UMass Lowell. Surprisingly, going to the in-state school would cost more even with ROTC because Gannon offers free room & board to schol winners.) He is planning on majoring in engineering, and while Gannon's program is a small one, that can have advantages we know. It's not a "name" school, which feels a little funny to my husband and me since we both graduated with engineering degrees from MIT, but the goal here is to get a college education and prepare him to serve his country.

    My question is really less of a question and more of a "what are your thoughts about Erie as a city, as a place to attend college"? Any thoughts on Gannon from a native to the area? We know they supposedly have a strong ROTC program.

    We know that if he gets into Villi, he can request a transfer of scholarship, but that is never guaranteed...

    Also, he has applied for NROTC Marine Option schol (Villi top of the list there, too) as well as USNA and USMA. He has a congressional nom to USNA.

    Thanks for any thoughts you might share.
     

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