ROTC Nomination Confusion

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  1. BenjaminZ

    BenjaminZ Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I have an ROTC nomination (ROTCS, I am a college cadet). I was not picked for my congressional district so I had a few questions as to this nomination.

    1. What is the competition usually like? They have 20 slots a year, but about how many are competing for those spots?

    2. Why was last year's class not filled with 20 appointments? Source: http://www.westpoint.edu/bov/siteassets/meeting minutes/Signed Meeting Minutes 20120614.pdf (PAGE 8)

    Is this because competition is low or admissions decided not to offer all 20?

    3. If it is known, what "wave" or around what time will the decisions be made for the ROTC nomination recipients?

    This is my only chance to get in besides the dreaded NWL so any help is much appreciated.
     
  2. jrangitsch

    jrangitsch J Rangitsch, USMA'83

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    ROTC Nominations

    In a nutshell, due to the way offers were made last year, the class filled up a LOT earlier than anticipated. Thats why some slots were left unfilled. In my own experience, our congressional district had 0 people get in last year because the one slot was offered to a candidate who sat on it and eventually decided to go to USAFA.

    While he sat on that offer, the class filled up, as the percentage of "declines" was at an all time low. Hence, there were no followon offers made as the class was full.

    As an ROTC nominee, you are competing at a national level. I have been told that the ROTC nomination "pool" is as or more competitive as the NWL. However, having said that - since the Academy changed its offer model this year, things are different. As to the timing - it is anyones guess, but the main driver of that would be your WCS (whole candidate score)
     
  3. RLTW

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    unclear on total NWL sources

    I'm still unclear on this myself, so it's kind of a sidebar issue, but I *think* :confused: that only those with an MOC nomination go on the NWL, prospective candidates with other nominations compete only within those pools, such as prior service, etc. A given candidate obviously may have more than one nomination pool available, I'd love to have someone definitively clarify this for me because after 2 years of trying to figure it out, I guess I'm too slow to feel 100% confident ... even though I've read other threads on it.

    Can anyone clarify definitively?
    Is the NWL only for those with an MOC nomination, or which nomination types are eligible for entrance onto the NWL?

    Hope that makes sense.:redface:
    RLTW
     
  4. 845something

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    NWL has two parts: Qualified Alternates which is only MOC, and Additional Appointees which must be at least 3 MOC:1 Service Connected (ie no more than 25%).
     
  5. dcarmy17

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    I am on the same boat, just a waiting game for now.
     
  6. SanDiegan

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    Our DS has an ROTCJ Nomination as his only one to USMA. He received Congressional nomination to USAFA only. He did attend SLS last summer but does not hold a LOE. We haven't heard anything either, other than an email requesting a copy of our DS's Eagle Scout certificate (we'll read anything as a good sign!). We sent them that along with a copy of an award that he received at SLS!

    We understand that the ROTC avenue to an appointment is a narrow one - but it's still a window. At least it gets you in front of the admissions committee. If they want you, you've given them a way. Good luck!
     
  7. BenjaminZ

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    Am I the only one who feels like this nomination is a shot in the dark? The odds of being appointed through it seem so slim at this point.
     
  8. 845something

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    It is a tough one - competing against all HS + college ROTC. That is why every admission rep has always said get every nomination you are eligible for and when you apply to your MOC - make sure you put your priority where you want to go the same on all of them - congress and senate - you never know which one will get you there.
     

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