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  1. icarus

    icarus Member

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    If a congressman grants a nomination to an applicant straight out of high school and another who is in USAFA prep school, could it still be a principal nomination?
    I understand that some MOC's nominate up to 10 and let the admissions board decide. If only two nominations are given as stated above, could one of it be a coveted principal nomination?
     
  2. lsredmond

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    I think most MOC's just give a slate to the Academy. I know ours did in Colorado.
     
  3. Dad

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    Not all MOCs give principal nominations. Some rank their 10 nominations and let USAFA figure it out, some don't rank at all and send 10 names in. A few give a principal nom with 9 alternates. You should know how your MOC ranks nominations since they should list that information on the nomination application. If you don't remember, go to house.gov or senate.gov and check their websites.

    If you received a principal (sometimes called a primary) nomination, the nomination letter should indicate that. If it does say principal (or primary) nomination, you did not receive one.

    Remember:
    Do you know what they call an Appointee with a primary nomination on June 27, 2013? Basic cadet.

    Do you know what they call an Appointee selected from the NWL with a non-ranked nomination on June 27, 2013? Basic cadet.

    Worry about making your package as strong as possible. When that is done, it is a waiting game that is agonizingly long. Take pride in knowing you have done your best. Keep your grades up, stay in shape, enjoy family and friends, and have plan B in order. Best wishes. :thumb:
     
  4. icarus

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    Thank you for the prompt reply. I guess if the MOC has only one slot to fill then-it should go to the prep school attendee rather than the high school senior applicant leaving the other applicant to compete on the national pool. Is this correct?
     
  5. Christcorp

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    On the contrary. Many; not all; prep-school attendees, even though they need a nomination just like the high school kid, are generally looked at like a Letter of Assurance. In other words, the air force has spent quite a bit of money on you to go to the prep-school, because they believe you have potential. As long as the prep-school attendee did well at the prep-school, and they have ANY nomination; there's a good chance the academy will give them an appointment. Many times, out of the national pool portion of the selection.

    Matter of fact, while letters of assurance are rare, but are definitely given, if an individual is given an LOA, I and other ALO's encourage our MOC's to RANK their slate, give a principal, and give ANY person with an LOA a nomination but make them #10 on their slate. An LOA will guarantee the individual an appointment as long as they have ANY nomination. Doesn't matter if it's ranked or not.

    Now mind you, a prep-school grad is not automatically given an LOA and they aren't automatically given an appointment. The MOC's should treat the prep-school grad the same as any other applicant. If they don't rank and just submit 10 names, then the prep school should get a nomination only if they are part of the best 10 applying. If the MOC does rank or give principal nominations, then the prep-school grad should only get that if they happen to be the best of the MOC's applicants. Too many variables with each individual person to make a definitive statement on whether or not a preppie should get any type of preferential treatment for a nomination.
     
  6. icarus

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    Thank you for the clarification.
     

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