Received a nomination today!

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  1. LFry94

    LFry94 USAFA C1C '17

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    I just received a congressional nomination to USAFA today! :thumb:

    Though, now I have a question. I still have an interview with my other senator in a week. Should I write him a letter telling him that I've already received a nomination, and thank him for his consideration? Or should I go to the interview still? - Question answered. Thanks Christcorp!

    Looks like it's time to buckle down until April when I get either the QNV or the "You can freak out now, because in a couple months your civilian life ends" letter!

    -Levi
     
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  2. Christcorp

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    If you haven't read many threads here, there is one thing you need to know about nominations.

    YOU WANT AS MANY NOMINATIONS AS POSSIBLE!!! Never turn down a nomination. Just because you have a nomination doesn't mean you'll get an appointment. There could be someone else with a nomination from the same MOC who has BETTER SCORES than you, and they get the appointment. You might need the nomination from another MOC to possibly get an appointment. Go for ALL 3 nominations, PLUS the Vice President. Plus; any military nominations if you qualify, such a presidential.

    The only time I recommend you say thanks but no thanks to a nomination/interview, is if you already have "AN APPOINTMENT" in hand. But considering this year that the academy has stated that they aren't going to be listing any normal appointments until the spring, this is not an issue.

    Bottom line: Apply for ALL the nominations you can get. You can't have too many nominations.
     
  3. LFry94

    LFry94 USAFA C1C '17

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    Answers my question perfectly! Thanks!
     
  4. jwveng

    jwveng New Member

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    Thanks for this answer....I was wondering too.
     
  5. howacupcake

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    congrats! now work on those essays!:yllol:
     
  6. LFry94

    LFry94 USAFA C1C '17

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    I know, I know! I'm working on it lol. I have one done! One to go! :shake:
     
  7. profsparrow

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    In Texas Coryn, Hutchinson and the congressmen all communicate specifically so that they DON'T give more than one nomination to candidates, or at least that's what we've been told. Does that mean that Texas candidates are at a disadvantage in getting an appointment?
     
  8. Blackbird

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    Candidates in competitive states can be at a disadvantage in getting an appointment. Consider that Candidate X from a small, non-competitive state has a much higher chance of getting all three MOC nominations. If Candidate X was from a large, competitive state such as Texas they might only receive one MOC nomination as you report. Same candidate, the only difference is their location. While the system may appear to be unfair, it is designed to provide for a diverse officer corps by having a geographic diversity of cadets based on the makeup on Congress.
     
  9. Romad

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    We have one MOC in AL who will not replicate a nomination if you have one so after speaking to his office, my son decided not to submit for his nom since he has one already, apparently, the other two do not have this policy and I'm glad since it would seriously restrict his chances...

    Make sure you don't forget the VP nom as well, it's easy and while rare, it's always within the range of possibility and you should apply for it IMHO...

    Best
     
  10. Christcorp

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    You're not really at a disadvantage, because you only need 1 nomination. The thing is, you simply have more competition. Most appointments come from the MOC slates and the National Pool. Obviously, if you have 100+ applicants for a MOC nom, that's tough. It's not a disadvantage, just more competition. But if you're one of the top applying, then it doesn't really matter.

    Is it possible that an individual in one state doesn't get a nomination, but their app/scores are better than an individual in another state who does get a nomination? Yes. It happens. But all state's citizens pay taxes, and thus are entitled to be equally represented at the academies. Hence, the reason for a minimum usually of an appointment per representative and senator per state. An individual from a state with only 3 representatives could feel they are at a disadvantage because they have more people to compete with than a state with 50 reps. This too is a fallacy. There are some districts from large states like California that aren't really military oriented. They sometimes have few if ANY applicants. So in reality, a person in certain districts of California actually have some of the easiest chances. You can't really choose where your parents decided to raise you.

    On the individual basis, it may seem a little unfair or disadvantaged; but in the larger scope, it is a very fair system.
     
  11. USAFA: 2016!

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    Just to prove his point, I'm from congressional district 01 in CA and I know last year we had VERY few applicants. I just barely met all the qualifications to receive a nom and be eligible for the Academy and I was still given 2 nominations by my congressman: one to USNA and one to USAFA. I'm extremely greatful for this, but I sincerely doubt I would have received a nomination if I was from, say, the San Diego area.

    But! It's nice that the Academy not only looks at our scores and grades, but us. Small town kids (like me) didn't have all the opportunities that kids from larger areas had(I'd never heard of a BC/IB class until getting into prep school...nor had I heard that some high schools actually offer SAT/ACT prep classes!); but I think the Academy recognizes this. That's why service academies are so great!

    Best of luck to all y'all!
     
  12. GAdad

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    I understand that USAFA is waiting to issue appointments until Spring, but I was wondering how this will effect those Candidates that have nominations to more than one Academy. USMA is issuing appointments on a rolling basis and from observing posts on their forum, they are contacting those Cadet Candidates who have not responded to their appointment offer and letting them know that it can be rescinded if they do not accept in a timely manner. My Cadet Candidate has a nomination to both USMA and USAFA, but if an appointment is tendered by USMA, then it is likely going to be a problem. I would think it smarter to weigh your options if and when you are offered appointments to both Academies.

    What is a Cadet Candidate to do if he/she wants to weigh options?
     
  13. Packer

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    They want you to accept early but you have until May 1 to accept or decline.
     

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