USMA LOA

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  1. Livinlarger

    Livinlarger Member

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    This week my daughter recieved an LOA from West Point. As parents, we are extremely proud, excited for her (It's her #1 choice) and very grateful and appreciative of all the advice and support we have recieved from this website. We know we still have some hills to climb ... a nomination from our Senator/Congressman, along with keeping her healthy through the rest of the year; however we are thrilled to finally be at this point!! For all those still waiting, keep the faith and keep striving for the best!! Go Army!! :thumb:
     
  2. cjs

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    Congrats!!!

    Question, was your daughter's application fully complete? I was noticing that some of the LOA's are going out without the applications being fully complete so I thought I would ask.

    Again, Congrats and good luck with the nominations!
     
  3. Livinlarger

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    Thank you!! She needs to pass her CFA and get a nomination. She plans to take her CFA in the next 2-3 weeks (was waiting till her fall sports season was complete) and she has her interviews with Senators/Congressman this week.
     
  4. America's Finest

    America's Finest USMA Cadet

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    Congratulations!

    LOA are always given before the applications are completed otherwise they would just give an appointment. That is the whole purpose of the LOA, to "accept" individuals who haven't finished applying while providing conditions that must be met (finishing the application successfully) until they are officially accepted.
     
  5. cjs

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    Thanks for the information. I knew that LOA were given out for some prior to the applications being complete but thought that many more were given out once they were complete but didn't have the nomination.

    I didn't think that an appointment could be given out until a nomination was received.

    Thanks again for taking the time to help those of us who are stil learning!
     
  6. mom3boys

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    When the MOC submits the slate of candidates, you are considered to have "received a nomination" if you are on the list. If you have an LOA, and have met whatever requirements the LOA is contingent upon, you will receive the appointment. One MOC may have multiple candidates appointed from his/her list. For the class of 2012, for example, our senator had 10 on his list. The #1 choice got the appointment, of course, but 8 others on the list also got appointments. Some had LOAs, while others were selected from the NWL. Poor #10 could just not get cleared by DoDMerb. The LOA, while not the "golden ticket" that the appointment is, is pretty darn close. Congrats.
     
  7. America's Finest

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    Well I consider the nomination a part of the application (since it's required for appointment I like to consider it part of it). Depends on how you think about it. My LOA was contingent upon medical qualification since I already had a nomination. Nomination just tends to be one of the more common things required on the LOA because it tends to be the last requirement to be met since it's out of the hands of the applicant when their MOC gives them out.
     

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