My son is a future candidate for both USMA & USAFA, class 2012. He has completed Pre Candidate Files, and has been accepted to USAFA Summer Seminar 2011. We are in the process of alerting all 4 nomination offices. We have been successful in submitting an online interest file to both our Congressman and one Senator. He is on file and will be contacted for further instructions/updated applications soon. Here is my confusion: The VP and the second Senator' s websites are either still w/ last years info or only have the option to fill out the actual FULL SCALE Nomination application. 1. IS A WRITTEN/POSTMARKED "Letter of Intent" necessary to send to these offices that don't have my son's name on file? 2. What is the difference between a "Letter of Intent" and the actual full scale Nomination Application that will be filled out this spring/summer? Thanks for any clarification or input you may have for me!