Nomination received!

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  1. usafacademy4

    usafacademy4 Member

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    This past week, I received my Senator Nomination!:thumb: But, what does this mean for me now? Do I have to wait for the nomination to be sent to the Air Force Academy, and then wait for them to evaluate my application? I am familiar with the application process, but not to clear about this part of the application process. Any advise would be great!:thumb:
     
  2. Christcorp

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    Depends on HOW your senator does nominations. If S/He does a "Competitive" slate, then you are on a list of 10 nominees to the academy from your senator. The academy will now choose 1 of those 10, who is qualified, to receive an appointment. The remaining nominees on the list will go into the pool, and compete nationally for the remaining appointments. (Usually about 500 slots).

    Your application, if completed, has more than likely already be evaluated by the academy. The review board started looking at completed applications the first of October.

    Not knowing if your MOC uses competitive slates, ranked slates with a principal nomination, or a combo with a principal #1 nominee, and all others competitive; it's hard to say what the "Next Step" is. All we can say is "Hurry up and Wait". Continue to get as many more nominations as you can. Update your application if something significant is accomplished. Continue to apply to other colleges/universities. Enjoy your senior year. Best of luck. Mike....
     
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    My son also just received a nomination. Now the waiting....

    The wait was easier when we were not so close to getting him in. We were told he was in the first group of most qualified candidates to be reviews so hopefully we hear POSITIVE news soon. I think I'm more nervous than my wife. I know I'm more nervous than my son.:biggrin:
     
  4. usafacademy4

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    Thank you so much for that information!!:thumb: that was very helpful! I believe my Senator follows the "Competitive" slate form. So I will be patient and wait to see what happens!

    Another question: What is the percentage of candidates that have a nomination, but get rejected from the actual Academy? if you know...
     
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    There's no way to give you an exact number, but here's basic math. WARNING: It will be a little discouraging.

    Forget who gets what slots. Lets keep it simple:
    453 US House Representatives. Each gives a slate of 10 names: 4530 nominees
    100 US Senators. Each give a slate of 10 names: 1000 nominees
    Presidential Nominations: Approximately 500
    And because I'm lazy; lets throw in another 500 misc nominations for ROTC, Prior Enlisted, Reserves, MOH, POW, and anything else. (It's most likely a LOT MORE than 500, but it's a simple and fast number).

    So: 4530 + 1000 + 500 + 500 = 6530 Nominations....
    The academy will select approximately 1300-1400 appointees.
    Therefor: You're looking at approximately 5130-5230 people with nominations, that won't get an appointment.

    Basic math, but I think you get the idea. Later... Mike....
     
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    haha wow! thats some crazy information! well i'm not discouraged, but it looks very competitive. I am going to keep a positive attitude and see what happens! ha thanks for the information. I'm hoping the Academy is interested in me because they flew me out there for the Diversity Visitation Program in September!
     
  7. Pima

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    Actually I think that number is a little high for the amount of candidates, because there are people with multiple noms, thus, you could have a candidate with 4 noms + and that would reduce the number of actual people. I read yrs ago that the number was closer to 3500 and that @ 1600 are offered appointments. SO in essence it is still alot of competition to whittle down @50%, but at least you have cleared an important hurdle and that is getting the nom!

    Congrats!
     
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    PIMA is quite correct. I gave an example to basically show that it's a "Lot". But most of the 1000 (500 presidentials and 500 others), most likely also have a representative and/or a senator also. So, the actual number is probably less. Lets just say that the number I posted is closer to the "Max" of possibilities. But not know all the applicants, makes a more accurate number pretty difficult. But as we can all see, it's definitely competitive. That's why it's important to get as many nominations as possible and to definitely have backup plans such as ROTC and applying to other colleges/universities. Without a principal nomination from a MOC, which is rare, (Because most MOCs put in competitive lists), it's very difficult to chart your chances of receiving an appointment. We have too many stories of people who we thought were a shoe-in for getting an appointment; based on their application; who didn't receive one. Best of luck to you. Keep your hopes up and don't forget to give yourself as many options as possible. Mike....
     
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    Pima: That is very true! thank you for the information!

    christcorp: Yes, I have heard of some people not getting an appointment even their application was solid. But, I am just going to keep waiting and see what happens. I am very determined to get in and I have already done everything I can do (completed application back in September, cfa done, medical exam done). Thank you so much for the information!:thumb:
     

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