Principal Appointee / NMMI Question

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  1. tomsmith

    tomsmith New Member

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    I'm getting mixed answers regarding the following ....

    My nephew received a letter this past spring from USMMA stating: "you have been designated a principal appointee from the academy to NMMI". It further stated: "the requirement to successfully complete NMMI for consideration next year to USMMA includes maintaining a 2.5GPA and positive recommendations".

    The letter concluded with: "please notify the academy of your acceptance or declination of your principal designation by the candidates reply date of May 1". He accepted the designation and is currently attending NMMI.

    The letter nor any admissions personnel mentioned having to reapply to the USMMA for fall. Hence, he assumed upon meeting the stated requirements of the letter that matriculation to USMMA was pretty much a given.

    THE QUESTION: Is his assumption correct or is he required to re-apply to USMMA for Fall ? He's received mixed messages from NMMI and USMMA regarding this.
     
  2. beyond

    beyond KπΣ15'

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    E-Mail admissions directly. No one on this forum can give you an accurate answer... and I wouldn't bet your college plans basis some internet rando.
     
  3. MMA19kid

    MMA19kid Member

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    His assumption is correct. No he does not need to fill out the traditional application which non-sponsored prep freshmen would fill out. Also does not need an additional DoDMERB exam, those are valid for 2 years. He probably will do another fitness test, and if his grades are good with passing grades in the appropriate classes he will be appointed. Tell him to focus on his math and science courses...if he does poorly in math and chemistry/physics, he probably won't be appointed. Sponsored preps seem to have a higher burn rate at the academy in general. The USMMA class of 2017 had ~40 sponsored preps, 10-15 are still in the class.
     
  4. cruisemom67

    cruisemom67 DD USMMA Class of 2020

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    DD got that letter, but an appointment ended up coming through. We were told we would have to go through the entire process again, except for the DODMERB because it is good two years. From what I understand, NMMI helps them through the process. We even told our congressman to keep her info on file for another nomination. Hopefully USMMA will verify for you.
     
  5. KP2020Dad

    KP2020Dad DS - USMMA '20

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    My DS was a sponsored prep last year and he WILL have to reapply. It was somewhat of a shock because we were given incomplete information when he accepted a position at the prep school. The NMMI advisor will facilitate the re-application and as long as his grades are good, there should be no problem. The bigger issue for us was the requirement to obtain another congressional nomination. Yes, he will have to do that again as well, so he should get started on that. We maintained communication with USMMA Admissions and they assured us that "everything would be fine." It all worked out and DS is member of Class of 2020, but until we had official word, it was stressful. Good luck...just tell him to concentrate on getting good grades and "keeping his nose clean." (There were a few that did not secure an appointment due to low grades and inappropriate activities.)
     
  6. KP2020Dad

    KP2020Dad DS - USMMA '20

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    Not true. He will have to submit another application and secure another nomination from MOC. You are correct about the DoDMERB and he will do fitness testing at the prep school.
     
  7. tomsmith

    tomsmith New Member

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    Thank you for responding. My nephew was able to verify that re-application / re-nomination is necessary thou no such requirement was mentioned in the letter or any other communications he received. I searched the academy website but to my surprise I couldn't find any clarifying information on the matter. I'm just grateful someone at NMMI mentioned such it to him.

    The issue he's facing now is securing a new MOC nomination. The nomination applications for the MOCs in his district were due early September. Neither his senator or congress person (from whom he received a previous nomination) will accept his application post-deadline. He's now researching other possibilities for a nomination.

    Thanks again! Please hope (and pray) for the best!
     
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  8. 5Day

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    I believe the requirement is that he needs to apply for a MOC nomination. He does not need to receive a MOC nomination.
     
  9. KP2020Dad

    KP2020Dad DS - USMMA '20

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    Did he contact the MOC that nominated last year? Since last year's "quota" went unused, it will be available again this year. (MOCs slot quotas are for a 4 year period) I would contact MOC and let them know of the prep school situation. He will have to secure another nomination. It's easier for admissions if he secures it through normal procedures. However, I believe that admissions have other avenues for sponsored preps if they do not secure another nomination. (I can't confirm this, but I would contact admissions.) Last year, my DS had to do all of this (new application, new nomination, etc). We had him stay in contact with the MOC coordinator and the admissions office. Admissions continually told him "not to worry." It all worked out for him, but it was still stressful. Good luck.
     
  10. powderhorngreen

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    Also, USMMA is unique in that you can get a nomination from ANY member of congress in your state - does not not to be your representative. So, both senators and ANY member of the house for your state. Finally, has student contact his advisor at NMMI and they can coordinate with USMMA to locate a MOC in your state that has not used all of his slots.
     
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