Noms due

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  1. old grad

    old grad Member

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    Since noms were due to USMMA at the end of January will LOAs start to be sent soon? Also if the status is showing hold and there are not enough noms to fill the state allocated slots is a LOA assured or can they not use state allocations in order to accept better qualified from other states? Thanks
     
  2. Usnavy2019

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    I don't think appointments will be sent out until March. While the nominations deadline will probably knock out some candidates, candidates have until March 1 to get their entire application in. Once you are placed on Hold, you are put on two waitlists. You are put on your state's waitlist as well as the national waitlist. You are pulled off as space becomes available. If there are spots left over, let's say Alabama has 4 slots (totally hypothetical) and there are only two qualified applicants, those applicants get in and the two slots go to the national pool. The two highest ranked applicants on the national list get in, regardless of their state of residence.

    I was told that Hold wasn't necessarily a bad thing. They usually put candidates on Hold as a method of waiting to see how they rank within their state once they compose of a list of all the qualified candidates. Also, it could mean they really like you, but they are waiting on more information (Such as 7th semester grades) before deciding if they should offer you an appointment.

    Does anybody want to add their experiences/ $.o2 on Holds? I would love to hear.
     
  3. cmakin

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    I was on hold way back in the mid 70s. Was first or second alternate for California and fifth or so for the US. No internet to check back then, just waiting to get mail. I actually got an invite to orientation (only given to principal appointments back then) two days before I got a letter indicating that I received an appointment. . . . was already nominated at that point.
     
  4. beyond

    beyond KπΣ15'

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    This is a great summary of the case law (http://www.dot.gov/sites/dot.dev/files/docs/Domine v. Kumar.pdf) it's a long read, but it sheds a lot of light into the admissions process.
     
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  5. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Holy smokes, someone (well actually some people) actually sued to get admitted???? Wow!! I'm going to have to download and read this, not sure how I didn't hear about it before, but looks like a great resource. Thanks for the tip!
     
  6. beyond

    beyond KπΣ15'

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    You can get the gist of it by about the fifth page. The plaintiffs discovered an interesting and what I thought was a totally valid ambiguity in the CFRs (..shocking I know).

    My favorite complaint involved these guys:

    http://www.leagle.com/decision/19671189382F2d807_11001.xml/WASSON v. TROWBRIDGE
     

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