Nomination Question

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  1. tschneider11

    tschneider11 New Member

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    According to my MOC's Academy Coordinator:

    "West Point Nominees will be submitted as unranked 'Competitive Alternates.'"

    What exactly does this mean? It seems to be a cross between the competitive method and the principal with competing alternates method.

    Also, I was notified about my nomination a few weeks ago, but it has not yet appeared on my portal. The Academy Coordinator said the names will be formally submitted sometime before the January 31st deadline. Does my MOC's decision to wait hurt my chances of getting in?

    Thank you:thumb:
     
  2. USMA2016

    USMA2016 Appointee - Class of 2016

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    now I'm not entirely sure, but I think it means the MOC names one principal nominee. If that guy (or girl for the sake of political correctness) isn't qualified and doesn't receive an appointment, the other nominees compete for the appoint. (As opposed to the other system where the MOC lists the names in order of preference, which, in the case of the principal not receiving an appointment, the next on the list would receive the appointment).
     
  3. Aspen

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    The key word in your MOC's Academy Coordiantor's statement is 'unranked'. I believe that means your MOC, like the majority of MOC's, will submit the list of nominees without designating a principal nominee.

    Unless you were going to be the principal nominee, this helps your chances since it puts the decision into the hands of the USMA Admissions rather than in the hands of your MOC.

    Good luck.
     
  4. jasondavid92

    jasondavid92 USMA Cadet

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    Yes, you are almost right. The Senatorial/Congressional boards rank all of their nominees. The principle nomination is the number one pick from either board. He/she has a nomination and will be guaranteed an appointment. The other nine in the top ten are given a nomination but are put onto the National Waitlist to compete with all the other people on the Waitlist for the rest of the appointments. Now if the principle nominee rejects, isn't medically qualified, or something happens to him/her, that appointment goes to the number two person, and if that person rejects, isn't medically qualified, or something happens, it goes to the number three person, etc etc.
     

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