Question about "guaranteed offer of appointment"

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  1. profsparrow

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    DS just got a "guaranteed offer of acceptance," from USNA. However...we're in Texas district 14 (Ron Paul). He did get a nomination to the USAFA from Dr. Paul, but no nomination to Annapolis. Sen. Cornyn sent a "non-nom." Texas Senators and Congressional reps discuss nominations and try not to "double nominate." Anyway, Sen. Hutchison and the VP are the only nom. Sources left. Cornyn and Paul are done with theirs. What do y'all suggest that DS do? He asked for noms to both SA's, and AFA was #1, with USN #2 (but it was very close and he had to choose). He simply wants to serve our country in Uniform for 20+, as an aeronautical engineer, and there is nothing better than those two schools. He only lacks a nomination.
     
  2. kinnem

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    If his heart is finally set on USNA you have to pursue the remaining nomination sources. Be sure to mention your letter. Since he has an LOA his appointment might not be charged to them, letting them get multiple nominees accepted. You certainly have nothing to lose by making the attempt.
     
  3. engineer

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    Have your son call Congressman Paul's office and discuss the situation. If there is an opening on his USNA nomination list, maybe your DS can be added especially if he lets them know there is a guaranteed admissions offer. The deadline for the MOCs to turn everything in is the end of this month (I think), so I wouldn't waste any time.
     
  4. 1964BGO

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    DO check with the MOCs' offices again to ascertain whether any USNA noms have been declined or nominees have been rejected. Sometimes nominees lose interest, change interests, are rejected, whatever, thereby opening their nomination for reassignment. BUT as mentioned the deadline is fast approaching.
     
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    And... the Congressman is a little busy these days - so all the more reason to move very quickly.
     
  6. usna1985

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    First of all, he may receive an appointment to USAFA. If that was his first choice (which it appears it was), why isn't that still an option? Most candidates from USNA won't hear until Feb or March and I assume that's the same with USAFA.

    Quite honestly, this happens every year and, sadly, every year there are people with LOAs and no noms who don't get appointments. For USNA, the MOC approach is one option. Another is to try to get USNA to give him a Supe's nom. You have no control over that but, if USNA really wants a candidate who was unable to secure a nom despite his/her best efforts, that is an option available to them. However, those are VERY rare and I personally have not seen it happen when someone has one or more noms to another SA. [It probably has happened; I just haven't seen it].

    As noted, the best option may be USAFA as your son is obviously highly qualified (hence the LOA) and has a nom there.
     
  7. kdc246

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    There were very few if any LOA's to USAFA this year(most nominees won't find anything out for appointments until late March early
    April, USAFA is only appointing 1050 cadets this year. So if you have a USAFA Nomination it is going to worth the wait.). You fail to give insight as to whether your DS was a principal nominee to USAFA or just one of ten on the slate. Then you end it with "lacks a nomination". I understand that he has changed his mind and now wants to attend USNA but could not secure a nomination to USNA since receiving an LOA after he had submitted his paperwork and been interviewed by his MOC. He should make sure that the VP nomination paperwork is all in. If not he should continue to update his file for USAFA/USNA and hope that his package is good enough to garner a slot off of the National Wait List. Hope you have NROTC/AFROTC as back up plans =) Everything is super competitive this year.
     
  8. Packer

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    Call Ron Paul and Senator Hutchison. Maybe they will be willing to work a deal to trade your USAFA nomination for a USNA nomination. It is worth a try if he is truly willing to serve in either branch. If he can ge a nom to USNA it sounds like a sure thing but USAFA is going to be anything but a sure thing (unless his USAFA nom was principle).
     
  9. Brookhaus

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    I suggest you contact your USAFA admissions counseler and let him/her know that he has an LOA from the USNA, a nomination to the USAFA and that USAFA is his first choice. A little interservice rivalry may very well work to your advantage in this case.
     
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    My son was in the same situation, an LOA to one academy and a nomination to another. The representative who had given him the nomination added one to the other academy when he was notified. He was still scrambling at the end of January, so there is still time, but act now.
     
  11. profsparrow

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    His AFA nom was not a principle. Paul's office said that his package was good enough that he shouldn't need a principle nom, so they gave their principle to someone else who I am sure is a great candidate too...DS carefully looked at both the Navy Academy and the AF Academy and slightly preferred the AF. From what we've discovered, it is rare for Texas to give o e person a nom to 2 academies. Incidentally, we contacted Congressman Paul's office about the LOA and were told that, even though he has an LOA, the Congressman can't give out another nomination.
     
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    Thanks for all the info from everyone! We are also going to contact the USAFA admissions counselor as Brookhaus suggested and see what kind of info we can get.
     
  13. profsparrow

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    If all else fails, DS has been accepted to Texas A&M Corp. And he plans to apply again next year to both USNA and USAFA.
     
  14. Texmom

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    USNA nom

    I would definitely recommend that your DS contact Sen. Hutchison's office. Her SA nomination people were very helpful and pleasant to work with a couple of years ago.
     
  15. profsparrow

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    Thanks we will certainly contact her.
     

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