Nomination question

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  1. falconeer

    falconeer Member

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    I was inputing my CFA scores from the test today, and I happened to glance at my nomination status, and it says Nomination status: received, nominator: presidential. Does this mean I've been nominated? Or they just received my application for nomination?

    Really worried over this, I appreciate any and all comments.

    Ben
     
  2. Just_A_Mom

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    You, indeed, have a Presidential nomination. This is because the academy received documentation that one of your parents is in the military or retired from the military.
    Congratulations!

    PS : Continue to seek additional nominations from your Members of Congress as well
     
  3. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    A Presidential Nomination!!!

    Congratulations! Now get the application completed! You're half way there.
     
  4. falconeer

    falconeer Member

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    So if the academy decides that my application is competetive, then I'll be in the class of 2015?
     
  5. Just_A_Mom

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    Nooooo. Not quite.
    You are legally eligible for an appointment with your nomination. If you academy decides you are scholastically, physically and medically qualified then you are eligible to COMPETE for an appointment.

    Keep updating your application with accomplishments - both academic and leadership and tyr and schedule a candidate visit.
    If you can make a candidate visit then you have an opportunity for a one on one with an Officer in the Admissions department who will review your file and speak with you about it.
    Good Luck!
     
  6. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    Just a mom is right! You've passed one hurdle but have a long way yet to go!
     
  7. PJ Allen

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    Clarification

    For the sake of clarification...

    After you complete your ALO Interview, CFA, online applications, etc., you will need two halves of the golden ticket for an appointment.

    The first half is a Letter of Assurance from the Academy. As you know, this is based on your academics, athletics, extra-curriculars and medical qualification.

    The second half of the golden ticket is the nomination.

    Best of luck to you and congratulations on your nomination!
     
  8. Just_A_Mom

    Just_A_Mom Member

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    You do not need a letter of assuarance for an appointment.
    Many appointments are offered without a letter of assurance. If you are fully qualified and receive a nomination and the Academy decides to accept you - you will receive an appointment.
     
  9. Pima

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    JAM is correct, LOA is not 1/2 of the ticket. As a matter of fact the AFA is the stingiest SA when it comes to LOA's, basically out of 3000+ candidates with nom, only 5% will get an LOA.

    LOA's for the AFA are RARE, RARE, RARE.

    Do you know what they call a cadet with an LOA compared to a cadet without an LOA? CADET!

    To me here is your 1st and 2nd half.

    1st. Get a nom
    2nd. Win the WCS!

    Some of the very long time posters did not receive an LOA as a candidate...CC's son, Fencer's son, JAM's DD, Flieger, Hornet, BSA, etc.

    If your child has an LOA, congrats, and be very happy, but that is not 50% of the appointment process.

    Additionally, it is important to stress that Presidential noms are unlimited, but only 100 can be charged. Traditionally there are about 450+ that get a Presidential, so statistically it is better than the MOC slate of 1 in 10. This again is why you apply to every source, because the WCS will be a factor. If a candidate on the Presidential wins the nom for his slate, than more people come off and you move up the line. The same is if you win the Presidential, than that impacts the other 400+ candidates.

    YOUR WCS is a big deal, just because you have a nom, means nothing. You need to win the appt with your WCS.

    For people new to the system, here is the break down.

    Approx 10K open an application.

    6K clear the hurdle and become an applicant

    3K+ get a nom.

    @1600 get a BFE aka appointment.

    In other words the acceptance rate from traditional terms is 15%.

    Out of that 6K pile, who become an applicant in the AFA world numbers run 150-300 for LOA's. LOA's are the golden ticket. AGAIN, RARE, RARE, RARE! AGAIN, an LOA will not mean the AFA will be a cake walk and they will graduate at the top of their class. LOA opens the door, it doesn't guarantee anything when you walk through the door.

    I just don't want people to think if they do not get an LOA the fat lady is already singing.

    Good luck.
     
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  10. PJ Allen

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    I stand corrected.

    Thank you!
     
  11. 1993A10

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    Just curious, is there a dictionary for all the acronyms somewhere in these threads? Sometimes, I can figure them out but others I'm at a complete loss.
    WCS = World Championship Series ?
    WCS = Women's Christian Society ?
    WCS = Wiley Coyote System ?
    DS = Dumb **** ?
    DS = **** Son?

    We newbies haven't picked up all the terminology of you veterans, so a list somewhere would help us understand faster.
     
  12. ghpugh

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    But the "DD/DS/DH/DW" Is basically "DARLING, Daughter/Son/Husband/etc..." WCS Is Weighted Composite Score. Some say combined score. Some, Whole Candidate Score. Basically, it's your ENTIRE APPLICATION, combining all the scores for your GPA, SAT/ACT, CFA, Interviews, Teacher's Rec, Sports, EC, essays, bla, bla, bla, etc.... All of that COMBINED gives you your final WCS.

    The rest, just ask. e.g. FUBAR, SNAFU, hee hee hee.
     
  14. 1993A10

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    Thank you for the link.

    I actually knew FUBAR and SNAFU.
     

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