Question about LOA

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  1. Academy_Questions

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    what is required for an LOA? i mean, what can it be "conditional" on? does your CFA have to be in to be considered?
     
  2. mom3boys

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    LOAs can be different for each cadet candidate. After you have filled out the initial application, they determine if you are candidate material, and then send you the link to the complete application. Depending on the information that was sent initially, you might receive the LOA. You might get it later, based on what is on the full application. You might get it after a conversation with a corps squad coach. My son had very good stats and was a recruited athlete. I do know of others whose overall stats were quite different, but there was something remarkable about them (they were an excellent marksman on the school team, showed very strong leadership, high SAT, etc). From what I've seen on this site over the last two years, USMA does give out more LOAs than the other SAs. However, there are still very few comparatively speaking. Do not set your sites on an LOA. Spend your time on putting together the best application package you can. Get your nom apps in on time. Get your entire application done EARLY...USMA uses rolling admission. While an LOA is a nice little piece of insurance, what you want is an appointment. :thumb:
     
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    thanks for the info, yes of course the appointment is my ultimate goal! Its just that all I have left to complete on my app are the candidate statements and CFA, so I was just curious if I was "eligible" for an LOA yet :)
     
  4. Mindy G

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    My son had a LOA early from another academy saying all he needed was to complete the CFA and get the nomination. Don't forget about the DODBERB physical, a waiver if needed can take time. Also, consider other SA's and plan B & C just in case. Last year had a record number of applications. Use the board ask lots of questions and good luck.
     
  5. Memphis9489

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    My twins got an LOA for the Naval Academy (where they are now). I noticed that the LOA was "copied" to all the nominating sources. Yes, you still must get a nomination but it is just about a slumdunk, sure think once your congressman/senators get that LOA from the academy. Why would they NOT nominate you when the academy is already saying, "He's in!"?

    I do not know if USMA copies the nominating sources on the LOA, however. If they do not - make sure you let your nominating sources know that you have one.

    In fact, my sons had their LOA's before they were even scheduled for the interviews with the congressman/senators. When they walked into the room, they basic gave them a hand wave. No real questions. They mentioned the LOA and that was about the extent of the interview.

    David Emerling USNA '79
     
  6. Just_A_Mom

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    Because they think they can "game" the system. I know of a mid who was a recruited athlete with an LOA whose MOC did not nominate him.
    Also, some kids gets LOA's to two or more academies and the MOC has a policy that each applicant can only receive ONE nomination.

    USMA copies nominating sources on all LOA's. However, definitely mention it in your application and/or resume.
    Those who receive "early" LOA's to USMA still must complete the application packet (essays and recommendations), and become physically and medically qualified, if not already.
     

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