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  1. mdsu

    mdsu Candidate

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    Hello everyone, I had my congressional interview on Nov. 2 and today I opened my mailbox and recieved a letter from my congressman. The last sentence; "I am proud to give you a Congressional nomination."

    Is this normal to get it this early, because it said candidates usually find out in january. I have two nominations now; does this increase my chances of an appointment or NAPS/foundation?
     
  2. GetIntoUSNA

    GetIntoUSNA New Member

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    "I have two nominations now; does this increase my chances of an appointment or NAPS/foundation?"

    Yes. The more nominations the better. It gives the admission board more flexibility in getting you in somehow. Good luvk
     
  3. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    First, congrats on receiving two noms. Very well done!:thumb:

    Most candidates learn that they receive noms before the end of December. However, MOCs have until Jan. 31 to provide USNA their slate. Some MOCs are faster than others in doing interviews, making decisions, and notifying candidates.

    As a general rule, the more noms the better. However, this doesn't necessarily hold true for everyone. Here's why:

    (1) In some highly competitive regions, the MOCs "get together" and "agree" that each candidate will only get one nom period. This typically occurs where there is a huge surplus of qualified candidates and MOCs want to spread the wealth, so to speak. Thus, even the most highly qualified candidate in this region may only get one nom to one SA whereas a lesser qualified candidate elsewhere may get more.

    (2) Conversely, in areas where there is a dearth of qualified candidates, someone may get 2 or even 3 noms b/c there aren't 10 good candidates, let alone 30 in the district or state.

    (3) USNA's views and the MOC's views aren't always the same. I've seen candidates with 2 noms not get an appointment. It's rare, but it happens.

    Not saying any of the above is the case with the OP. Getting two noms anywhere is a tremendous achievement and definitely puts you in great position to be offered an appointment. But, absent an LOA to go along with those noms, there is no guarantee until you actually receive that appointment certificate in the mail.

    Finally, noms -- or the absence thereof -- make zero difference in whether you will be offered NAPS/Foundation, for which noms are not required.

    Best of luck to you!
     
  4. mdsu

    mdsu Candidate

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    Thanks for the detailed reply. I maybe thought a nom might of been somewhat helpfull for NAPS. not because a nom isnt required for NAPS/foundation but because admissions could say "hey the MOC nominated him, he must have been somewhat impressive in his interview/record." maybe, maybe not. But ever since my entire application has been complete, I cant stop thinking about getting accepted. last year when i wasnt a candidate and reading about everyone suffering the wait, i didnt know how it felt until now :eek:
     
  5. 1964BGO

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    Offers to NAPS or Foundation scholarships are controlled by the Admissions Board and are considered when the board encounters a candidate who is very desirable but considered not to be likely to be selected for an appointment in the current cycle. There are several considerations that shape this action, not the least of which is the candidate's academic background. In essence, if you receive an offer to one of the prep programs you already have screened positively for admission to USNA. Preppers have a track record of being strong performers as midshipmen. Also, I have seen instances in which a candidate with an appointment to a prep program has been subsequently selected for direct appointment to USNA. About 30% of each entering class is composed of young men and women who have done something "else" for at least a year before entering USNA. Remember, you are eligible from age 17 through age 22.
     
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    ." There are several considerations that shape this action, not the least of which is the candidate's academic background. "

    I don't understand what you mean by this. If you are scholastically qualified, I thought you could not get a NAPS appointment.I thought Naps was for candidates with lots of leadership potential etc, but needed the academic boost.
    And, what if you are one of those prep student and that is offered an appointment (last minute) . Will they only do that to prep students that have a nom? Or, will they find you a nomination?
    What are the considerations that shape this action? Besides athletes they want.
     

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