Nomination questions

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  1. TheCadet

    TheCadet Member

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    Next year is when I am applying to USNA and I have a question about nominations. I go to a military JROTC unit with distinction school, if my SAI gives me a nomination, is that all I need or should I still go with a senator or congressman as well?
    Also, for the congressman, I live in a different state than where I go to school. Which congressman do I go to?
    Thanks.
     
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  2. The_Animal

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    Always, Always, ALWAYS apply for EVERY nomination source possible. The more noms you have = the more competitive you are.
     
  3. Memphis9489

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    You should apply to every nomination source for which you qualify. Every candidate is qualified to compete for a nomination with their two senators and congressman.

    You can find out who they are from this website:
    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/findyourreps.xpd

    Just type in your zipcode or address and it will show your senators and the congressman who covers your district.

    Your next step should be to go to each of their websites and there will be a link that gives you information about applying to all the service academies. It will describe what you need to do in order to compete for a nomination. Each senator/congressman has slightly different requirements so you need to pay close attention and be meticulously organized throughout the process so that you do not get the requirements confused or, worse yet, forget to complete something.

    Sometimes they will be very specific about what kind of letters of recommendation they want. For instance, when my sons applied from the state of Tennessee - Senator Lamar Alexander's requirements emphasized that he did not want letters of recommendations only from teachers.

    Some nominating sources wanted more letters of recommendation than others. Some wanted photographs, some did not require that.

    I recommend making a separate checklist for each nominating source and checkoff each item as it is completed.

    When you feel your file is completed, you should call their office and speak with the Service Academy Coordinator to ensure that it is completed.

    Make their job easy because that will reflect favorably on you. It is not uncommon that the coordinator has tremendous input as to who gets nominated. Seriously, do you really think these senators/congressmen have the time to sit down and sift through the mountains of paperwork in order to come up with 10 nominees for each vacancy to each service academy?

    Remember, you cannot get an appointment without first getting a nomination.

    Top 10 Stupid Mistakes when applying for a nomination:
    1.) Misspelling the MOC's name.
    2.) Mistakenly calling a Senator a "Congressman", or vice versa. i.e. getting their title wrong
    3.) Putting information for Senator A in an envelope addressed to Senator B
    4.) Calling their office too frequently. i.e. making a pest of yourself.
    5.) Applying to the wrong congressman.
    6.) Not being courteous and respectful to the Service Academy Coordinator.
    7.) Not submitting all the requirements to complete your nomination file.
    8.) Telling them the reason you want to attend a service academy is because it's FREE -and- chicks dig a guy in uniform.
    9.) Your profile picture on Facebook is you wearing one of those goofy hats that has holders for two cans of beer with a single straw while you're wearing a thong and jumping on a trampoline.
    10.) Going to your MOC interview wearing a t-shirt that says, "Join the Marine Corps - Visit exotic places, meet strange people, then kill them."
     
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  4. Spanky58ggpt

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    Add to the list

    One addition I would make to the list of potential mistakes:

    Waiting until the last minute to submit and/or follow up on your package. These are busy folks who have other deadlines and the more you do to help in that regard the better you/your application will be received in that MOC's office.

    The earlier you get things done the more thorough you can be in proofing what you submit. Pretend you are Santa's OCD nephew, :eek:make a list and check it sixteen times. Let your parents/BGO/friends help with this part.:thumb:
     
  5. TheCadet

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    Thanks! Also, when are you supposed to begin the application for nominations? I know most are due by December, but do you start near the end of your junior year or at the beginning of your senior? Thanks.
     
  6. jennyp

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    Cadet: While it is always good to begin early, I wouldn't submit anything to MOC's until fall. You want your best ACT/SAT scores possible, as well as the most complete transcript, etc in their hands. There is no advantage to submitting early when it comes to MOC's and nominations. Make sure it is there on time and complete. They will not review applications until after their deadline, so no brownie points for getting it in early. Many of them want all the components (letters of rec, transcripts, etc) in one package so they aren't chasing the pieces of your application all over their offices. Make sure you get the very best package put together and get it in a week or so before their deadline.
     
  7. singaporemom

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    In regards to which MOC is yours, since you attend school in a different state.... We were told by MOC that if you are under 18 (not of voting age) then your MOC would be where your parents/guardians reside. (but you can call moc and double check)
    Make sure that you do not confuse the mail situation so try to have 1 mailing address...most likely to your parents.
    DS was overseas and it was very confusing...
    residence: Singapore
    MOC: Texas
    mailing address: grandparents in California

    you can imagine how much mail was lost during that process!

    good luck!!
     
  8. 1964BGO

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    I would recommend you contact the local offices of your MOC's and advise them of your interest and leave contact information. Many MOC's have service academy days and other informational events for prospective candidates to assist them in preparing their applications for nominations. It would be important to you to know this information firsthand and to be able to clear any questions or concerns face to face with the MOC or a liaison. Best wishes to you.
     

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