Nomination acceptance

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  1. jonafox94

    jonafox94 Parent

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    Does anyone know what my congressman means by, "Detailed information reguarding entrance requirements will be furnished to you by the academy, and I would appreciate your letting me know immediately if you wish to accept this nomination. Please mail your acceptance letter to my office."

    What "acceptance letter" would she like me to mail.
     
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  2. mom3boys

    mom3boys Parent

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    That's a new one. Call the office after the holidays and discuss w/ the liason for constituent services.
     
  3. BigNick

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    Call the Congressman. Clearly he is offering you a nomination. What you do not know is if you are his "primary" nomination or one of his (up to ten people for each slot) other nominations. The "primary" nomination means you are his first choice (called the vacancy winner) and if you are deemed fully qualified by WP you will get an Offer Letter. If you are not his primary nomination (either determined by the Congressman or by WP) you will be placed on the National Waiting List. If you are consided 3Qd (fully qualified in all aspects) you have a chance to be given an offer from the NWL. However, as we have discussed in great detail on another thread, about 1,700 (approximate) people are on the NWL. Only about 400-450 will be given an offer from this list. Therefore approximately 1300 people on the NWL - with a nomination and considered to be fully qualified by WP- WILL NOT GET IN WEST POINT. This is tough because once you get a nomination and are 3Qd by WP your expectations rise. However, there are far fewer class slots than there are qualified people. The competition is intense.
     
  4. buff81

    buff81 Moderator

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    Just to make it clear-
    Only those that are 3Q'd with a nom will be placed on the NWL.
    IOW - A candidate with a nom but not 3Q'd will not placed on the NWL.
    Think of it this way- all those on the NWL have met the requirements for an offer of appointment but just need a place in the class.
     
  5. BigNick

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    Absolutely correct.
    Is is very difficult for those hundreds of fully qualified people with nominations on the NWL. Only about 25% (this can vary a few percentage points) of these people will get in West Point. Therefore it is VERY IMPORTANT that you do everything possible to be your Congressman's primary nomination (vacancy winner). Being one of the Congressman's other 9 nominations gives you a chance - but not a big chance - of getting in. However, if you are one of the other (not the vacancy winner) nominations and get an LOA from West Point, you will almost surely get an offer.
     
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    How does one find out of they are the "vacancy winner" or just a regular nomination?
     
  7. MemberLG

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    "vacancy winner" means you have an appointment. You should get a thick envelope in your mailbox from West Point

    Getting a regular nomination means you are just nominated, not appointment. You should get a thin envelope from you MOC.
     
  8. buff81

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    That varies according to MOC. Some will send you a letter. Some will call you. Some may not tell you at all. Your FFR can be privy to this information but they probably won't tell you.

    This is only true if you are 3Q'd.
     
  9. bayoucreek

    bayoucreek New Member

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    jonafox94

    My letter had that exact wording. Did you ever get specifics on it? It seemed general but left a little hope. BTW, congrats to you on the appointment!
     
  10. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    The correct term is "principal nomination."

    Yes, it makes a big difference as "principal" nominations have a distinct legal definition.
     
  11. bayoucreek

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    Perhaps the Senator ranked them and she wants you to indicate if you want her rank or she'll move you off her list? Or maybe it's just a different style of writing the nomination letter with no particular meaning intended.
     

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