Number of Nominations

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  1. Ryan.Dotay

    Ryan.Dotay New Member

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    Hi there! I hope all is well, and everyone in the USAFA and other Service Academy and ROTC applications are doing well, I wish you the best! I have a quick question however, and any answer would be much appreciated! Thanks a ton!

    To make a long story short, I came into the application as a huge underdog, and was outweighed academically by most candidates. However, I have clawed my way to a Summer Seminar Appointment, to the Candidate phase, and beyond. However, here is my question-
    I was fortunate to receive THREE Nominations (both Senators, and my Congressman). While I know that this does not secure me an appointment, I have been wondering- Does receiving three Nominations rather than just one increase my chances of being Appointed to the United States Air Force Academy?

    Thank you, and I wish everyone the absolute best in everything they do, God Bless!


    Philippians 4:13


    USAFA c/o 2017 Candidate
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  2. afa

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    It may or may not. I can't say for sure but I imagine it might increase your chances of receiving an appointment. One nomination might be a primary and the others might not or they could all be non principal. Gotta wait till you get your letters specifying what type of nomination you received. My congressman sent out letters this week so I'm waiting to see what kind I received
     
  3. Bill1899

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    3 nominations certainly helps but all that really matters is who the other people are on each slate. The Academy must choose one candidate from each MOC slate. If your senators and congressman issued press releases regarding their nominations you may be able to see how many candidates are on each slate (they can give 10 nominations but some give less). The state you are from also plays a big role - the slates from Colorado are usually a lot more competitive than the slates from Vermont.

    Good Luck
     
  4. Dad

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    Yes, 3 nominations means you are competing for at least 3 different slots available to your individual MOCs. If you are then not taken for any of those 3+ slots, your application is racked and stacked for competition with those on the national Waiting List (NWL).

    Basically, it is like you are entered into 3 events at the Olympics. If you win 1 event, you are in. If not, you are automatically entered into a 4th event where you just need to be in the top 500 or so nationally to secure a medal. In either case they will call you 'Basic Cadet' on June 27, 2013.

    Best wishes. :thumb:
     
  5. Christcorp

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    Think of it like a lottery ticket. There are a lot of lotteries, and they are all for the same amount of money. Each lotto is approximately $425,000. Now, each ticket you get, (Nomination), gets you a chance at "1" of the lotteries. The more lottery tickets you get, the more chances you have to "Win". So, you have 3 lottery tickets. That gives you "3" chances to win. Each lottery only chooses 1 ticket, and you can have only 1 for each lottery, so having 2,3,4...8 tickets doesn't improve your chances in any SINGLE lottery. It just gives you MORE lotteries to have a chance in to win. Everyone who has at least 1 lotto ticket "Nomination" is also given one extra free lottery if they don't win any of the ones they have a ticket for. (That's called the "NATIONAL POOL"). Basically; that's the FINAL Lottery. So; the more tickets you have, the more chances you have at winning. Of course, if you don't win one of the lotteries you have a ticket for, and you are now hoping for the final lottery (National Pool), each person only gets 1 chance for that. So whether you have 1 or 8 lotto tickets (Nominations), there's no advantage in the final lottery (National Pool). More tickets just help you by being allowed to play in MORE lotteries.

    How's that for a really crude way of explaining it? LOL! :biggrin:
     
  6. Ryan.Dotay

    Ryan.Dotay New Member

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    THANK YOU!

    Thank you all, your responses mean a lot!
    God bless and the best to you all!
     

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