No nominations chances

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  1. sully1996

    sully1996 New Member

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    I am applying to usma, usafa, and usna. I received 2 nominations to both usafa and usma and just received an appointment to West Point. But I was wondering if there was any hope at all in getting an appointment to the naval academy. I don't think so because even though I believe I am qualified I do not have a nominations. Thanks for any help!


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  2. Edward A

    Edward A Member

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    Sully 1996,

    A nomination is the legal authority for the SA to offer an appointment. Without one, they have no authority to offer you a slot regardless of qualification or merit. That being said, you do not need an appointment to attend any of the service academy prep schools. In this case it would be NAPS in Newport Rhode Island.

    Another thing to consider is why you want to go Navy. It is great that you have been nominated to the other SA's and even offered an appointment (congratulations on that, it is no small accomplishment!) however, as a current enlisted that has worked with other branches in joint operations, I can attest that life and careers vary greatly depending on the branch of service you choose. It is great to keep your options open and I commend you for deciding a life in the service, my last words of advice are to just be sure what you want to do and get as informed as possible. The Army can be a great choice for some and terrible for others. Same with other branches I imagine.

    So, a NAPS slot is always possible without a nomination but very competitive. Whatever you decide I wish you luck and success as you begin an honorable service as a warrior and scholar. God bless
     
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    activedutymom Member

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    Maybe someone else can chime in on this...would it help Sully1996 to let USNA know about the other noms and West Point appointment? Maybe if they knew of his desire for USNA it might help to direct things toward a NAPS offer. Is there any other advice we can offer Sully?


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  4. ThePatternisFull

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    My understanding is no nom no appointment. Has OP contacted his nomination source and expressed their desire for a nomination to USNA. I think it may be too late in the game since nominations were due on 31 Jan 2015.
     
  5. sully1996

    sully1996 New Member

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    Thank you all for the help. I did not contact my nomination sources about a nomination to USNA. I really am leaning towards Air Force and army but I was just curious if there was even a hint of a chance of the naval academy giving me an appointment.


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  6. wildblueyonder

    wildblueyonder USAFA '19

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    First of all, great post, Edward. I thought you really hit the nail on the head. :thumb: Thank you for your service to this great country.

    Sully, unfortunately you cannot get a USNA appointment (or any other SA appointment besides USCGA) without a nomination, no matter how good your candidate file is. As far as I know, there is no way to obtain a nomination after January 31.

    In my opinion, notifying USNA about the other nominations/appointment (and your continued desire to attend USNA/PS) is a good idea. It definitely shows motivation.

    However, I suggest asking your BGO first. If you received a USMA appointment, it may mean that you are "too qualified" for a spot at NAPS. In that case, advertising that you got a West Point appointment might not be the best thing since you are looking for an NAPS appointment as well. Your BGO will be able to give you better advice than I will about this aspect.

    Never forget that it's not over until I-Day. I applaud your motivation and wish you the absolute best of luck!
     
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    sully1996 New Member

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    Edward,

    Thank you for the information. I am looking very hard into branches and not just going to an academy just to go. My brother did that and is struggling right now as an infantry officer. Thank you for your service to this country.


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    Just to clarify, you apply to USNA and they make the decision who gets an appointment vs. NAPS. It is implied above that you can somehow apply to NAPS if you don't get a USNA appointment and that is not correct. There is no separate application process for NAPS.
     
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