Nomination strategy or luck?

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  1. Davidk6813

    Davidk6813 Member

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    If a candidate desires a nomination to two service academies, is it better to list each academy as the first preference on different MOC applications? Or, should you be consistent with your preferences on all applications?

    Or, is it virtually impossible to get a nomination to more than one academy?

    I think this is the hardest part of the process and my fear is that I will get an appointment to one academy and nomination to a different academy. Field officers for both academies have told me that I am very competitive, for whatever that is worth. Any ideas of what has worked in the past or does it come down to luck?
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    There has been a lot of discussion/debate on this topic. And, honestly, a lot depends on whether you live in a competitive district/state -- IOW, are there a lot more applicants than there are nomination slots.

    My general rule of advice is . . . if you would TRULY be EQUALLY happy at more than one SA, "split" your noms. IOW, list one SA first with one MOC and another with a second.

    If you have a preference, put all your eggs in one basket. IOW, list that SA first with all your noms.

    An MOC's committee may ask if you'd accept a nom at another SA that isn't your first choice. Think through this. If you say "yes," you may get that nom and not the nom you really seek. However, if you say "no," you could get the nom you want OR you might get no nom at all.

    There's no "right" or easy answer. Much depends on your preferences.
     
  3. MemberLG

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    More of luck.

    You are making some assumptions without facts. Contact your MOC's office and find out what their nomination policy is than make the decision.

    An applicant in my Congressional district can get nomination to all four SAs (Coast Guard doesn't need a nomination).
     
  4. sciswim

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    my own question

    Not to leech off of your original question, but as theyre related, I figured this would be the place to ask. I received an LOA to one SA, but would prefer another. I would still love to go to the SA I received LOA from; I would like to maximize my chances of getting a nomination to both. Is there any suggestions for how I should go about doing this?
     
  5. Davidk6813

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