Nomination issue

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by cihper, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. cihper

    cihper Member

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    Hello all!

    I was nominated by my Congressman to USNA. I switched his nomination to a West Point nomination instead earlier this year.

    However, my English teacher did not fill out her West Point evaluation on time, causing the Congressman's nomination to literally be thrown away; I was cut from the application process even before they looked at my file.

    I have contacted the Congressman's office to see if they can switch my West Point nomination back to the original Naval Academy nomination. This way, I have a better chance of getting admitted to the Naval Academy.

    My BGO has stated that his system gives a "No Action" label on my application status, which means USNA did not make a formal decision yet, but I have no idea if I have been reviewed. I did let the admissions office know that this setback has occurred.

    Is it too late? It's almost April. The waiting game is killing me!
     
  2. MJP

    MJP Member

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    I think its too late and the nomination has been thrown away like you said. Did you ask your congressman to switch the nom to WP? And now you asked them to switch it back to USNA? What did you tell them was the reason for the switch-back? Are they actually going to do this?
     
  3. JTGib13

    JTGib13 DS-USMA & USNA Appointee Class of 2020

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    Cihper,
    I am sorry that I ask everyone the same question when there is a complicated situation/question---but what state/district are you from?
     
  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Slates must be submitted by Jan. 31. I always assumed they couldn't be changed after that date but we are dealing with Congress and they make the "rules."

    However, it is now March 26. If the nom hasn't been switched and (importantly) USNA notified, they assume you have no nom which makes an appointment much less likely.

    More important questions. Do you want to go to USNA or WP? I assume b/c you switched your nom that your preference was clearly WP. What has changed other than the fact that you didn't get your package in on time for WP? [Side note: I realize your teacher rec wasn't in but it's up to the candidate to "nag" the teacher to get recs submitted.] Will you really be happy at USNA? Over the years, I've known several candidates who have attended their "second choice" SA when the first choice didn't work out . . . not one time has the person been happy and generally they have been miserable. Anecdotal, I know but you may want to think seriously about whether USNA is right for you or whether you're better off reapplying to WP next year.
     
  5. cihper

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    I forgot to mention this part...

    I was nominated by my Senator to USNA as well. I had two nominations to USNA at the time (one from the Congressman and Senator) and I thought it would be a good idea to switch one to a USMA nomination. I simply thought a nomination was all that was needed for an appointment.

    I also didn't know the existence of MOC slates until I encountered this forum. I've heard from my MOC office that many have been appointed already; this means my MOC's slate may have been filled up.

    My first choice always has been USNA. I just wanted to apply to multiple academies because I wouldn't have a problem attending USMA as well.
     
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  6. hopefulacademyguy

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    Well you still have a nomination, so you're fine. Most applicants (myself included) only have one nomination anyway, or at least that is what I was told.
     
  7. cihper

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    I am from New Mexico's 2nd District.
     
  8. navymomwannabe

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    A second nomination will not gain you much. It's another "pool" to pull from but in the end, you only need one nom to get in and they actually don't officially assign people to noms until after the entire class is set.
     
  9. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    The new info makes things much more clear.

    If you have a nom to USNA, then one is all you need. If USNA really wants you and you aren't slotted to your Senator, you can still be appointed from the national pool. Yes, it helps a bit to have a second nom but it won't likely be determinative if you have the one. There are quite a few folks still waiting, including some with multiple noms.
     
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  10. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    I think this is worth pulling out. This point cannot be OVEREMPHASIZED enough. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure completion of ALL facets of the application, including those school officials who provide input. If they do not submit it, then it is the candidate's own fault, not the school official. If it is obvious that a school official is "sitting" on their input, provided they have been given enough notice, then the candidate needs to engage them and push the issue (hopefully it can be solved there, but getting another school official or parents involved might be necessary in certain cases). Current juniors/rising seniors, it might be a good idea to look at ALL application requirements (i.e. Service Academy, nomination sources, other colleges, etc.) in the next few weeks so you can provide your school officials ADEQUATE notice on what they need to help you with over the next few months and to get ahead in the process.
     
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