Nomination Q

Discussion in 'Nominations' started by debcst, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. debcst

    debcst Member

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    How does one learn about how much competition there is for a nomination from a senator or MOC? Is it a matter of public record how many applicants there were in past years for nominations to each academy?

    Thanks in advance for any help!
     
  2. Pima

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    The best way is to contact the MOC SA rep for the office, Traditionally, there is someone who handles this, ask them how many apply each yr.

    You will not find a public record of how many applicants apply.

    Numbers change yrly. LY they could have had 70 and this yr it could be 120.

    There is no set way to determine your chances. Even if only 10 apply, you still need to be the one with the highest WCS to win the apptmt.
     
  3. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Short answer: you probably can't.

    You can do the digging to see how many people requested nominations, but...what does that really tell you? It tells you about the previous year.

    And from my MOC's office: "There's no requirement for us to post how many requests there were, etc."

    Steve
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  4. MakeItHappen

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    You can make a Freedom of Information request of your MOCs. I don't believe there are any legal exemptions to keep this info from you.
     
  5. Pima

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    I am not sure that applies.

    Even if it did, that is a heck of a lot of groundwork to do.

    Just call the MOC, they will traditionally say "we get X amount of applicants".

    In the end you could have 40 or 140, it doesn't matter because you are only eligible for your MOCS.

    The MOC this yr could have 40, but 2 slates available due to the way they charge. Next yr they could have only 1 slate.

    Right now if your are a 16 candidate. You should apply for SLS. Take the time to fill in the holes of your resume...that means keep taking the SAT/ACT, volunteer, get a job, try out for sports.

    The nom is needed to meet the board, yet it is not going to guarantee you an apptmt.
     
  6. 1993A10

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    Our Senator's letter said he had about 200 applications this year for AFA. Some years our MOC doesn't have 10.
     
  7. Pima

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    Traditionally there is a relationship between military enrollment and the economy. When the economy is in the tanks the military numbers increase. When it is good they decrease.

    Currently, we have a bad economy and people are looking for any and every way to pay for college, that includes attending the SAs.

    Additionally, people feel, especially those applying for the AFA, that even from a war time position this is the least dangerous of all of the SAs (minus CGA), thus, for those who really only want to do 5 and dive the AFA looks attractive.
     
  8. debcst

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    Thanks for all the replies! You all are a wealth of information and experience.
     

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