Hi All, Can someone explain how the varsity athletic teams at USNA are able to secure nominations for their "best" recruits that have a letter from the academy that says "guaranteed appointment" IF a nomination is received? We were told our student-athlete needed to apply to nomination sources (which has been done), but if one was not received, "the team" would use one of theirs. We come from an area where, for example, the senators get over 700 apps so even though our student-athlete has good stats (32 ACT and 3.95 gpa, national level accomplishments in chosen sport, leadership, volunteer, etc) they are not likely to get the attention out of 700 apps considering some of the stats I have seen on this website. I know nominations only come from MOCs and related sources, so I'm wary. Student-athlete is seriously considering this great opportunity, but would be turning down other scholarship offers which are not likely to still be available past the November letter of intent signing period, while we wait to see if a nom is received from a MOC. Also, one Senator has already sent rejection by email. It arrived the day before the LOA from USNA. The Representative's packet was just due the other day, info said out right that they encourage early application to the academy b/c they very much consider input from the academy itself, so prospective student-athlete put copy of the LOA in the app packet sent. The other Senator's packet was already due a few weeks ago but haven't heard anything. Would it be helpful or hurtful to now sent a copy of the LOA, respectfully asking if it could be added to the applicant's file? Thank you very much!