STATUS: DS has his "Plan B" in place (hooray!) and he received a Nomination (from our district MOC) 2 weeks ago to USMMA (his 2nd choice), but no Nom to USNA. Both US Senators in Texas turned him down. DS was happy about USMMA, but very disappointed about USNA. BACKGROUND: Prior to interview, the MOC's chief of staff explained to us (parents) that a very rare situation had occurred in that there was no USNA nomination opening available for our district (for the 2016 cycle). She gave DS the option of not interviewing. We decided to tell him nothing until after his panel interview. Apparently, this happened because the departing congressperson submitted nominations (in 2014) for both the 2015 and 2016 cycles!?!! USNA Admissions advised the current MOC's office that this happens "very rarely, that it's not illegal, and that they had strongly advised against it." Of course the "new" Congressperson (started Jan 2015) held their SA interviews (at which DS did well, I believe) and selected candidates for Nominations (excepting USNA), even though they were "very displeased at what the departing MOC had done". Our MOC personally called our DS and told him about his USMMA Nomination (awesome!) and that he planned to also call USNA on DS's behalf and request that he be considered for NAPS (an excellent option). QUESTIONS: Does anyone have any experience with this "no nomination available" situation (it was a real gut punch for DS), and can a MOC have influence on if a candidate is considered for NAPS?? Note that our BGO was very clear last year that NAPS was great but "you CANNOT apply to NAPS; they pick who they want to secure for the next year". We are hanging in there, but this was a twist that we did not see coming!