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  1. anonymous55

    anonymous55 New Member

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    What is the sequence of events on your candidate page to let you know your status. Such as;

    Do they tell you when your qualified..
    When your profile is being looked at?
    Etc. Etc.
     
  2. jennyp

    jennyp Parent

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    USNA does not post when your file was reviewed, that you are qualified, medically, physically or academically. You may receive a letter stating that you were found to be academically/scholastically qualified. Your medical status can be found on your DoDMERB site following your physical and eye exam and completion of the gynormous questionnaire. Your Regional Director can tell you if you passed the CFA.
     
  3. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    ^^^^

    And typically, your BGO knows less than you. Seriously.

    What we DO know:

    - which items of your packet are complete
    - your current medical status, which could change, but nothing about the how or why of your status
    - your highest SAT or ACT scores
    - whether you attended NASS
    - whether you are being recruited for a sport other than football or basketball (we don't work with those candidates)

    What we learn but AFTER you already have been told

    - Whether you received a nom and which one(s). We know if a senator but not which senator
    - Whether you received an appointment or a turndown (or NAPS) or are waitlisted

    What we do NOT know

    - When your file will be reviewed
    - Whether you passed or failed the CFA or how well you did
    - We don't see any of the items you send to USNA or are sent on your behalf, including your grades, GPA, class rank, personal interest inventory, teacher recs
    - Where you stand on the waitlist or how far along USNA is on the waitlist
    - Anything about any candidate who isn't assigned to us

    What we CAN do:

    - Answer questions about USNA or the admissions process
    - Strategize on Plan B
    - Intercede on your behalf with CGO to get a question answered
    - Request you be given a CVW; you can do the same thing

    What we CANNOT do:

    - Get them to review your file earlier
    - Help you with medical/DODMERB questions
    - Get you a CVW
    - Get you into NAPS/Foundation
    - Get you an appointment

    The reason for most of this is privacy; the rest is that we're not all-powerful beings and don't make decisions regarding admissions.

    I mention this only b/c there seems to be a view that BGOs either are hiding the ball or don't care about their candidates. The fact is that, in most cases, you know more about your own status than we do. What we can help with is putting your situation into perspective, based on our experience.
     
  4. House06

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    thank you, that information is very helpful!
     
  5. 2012mom?

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    Another USNA1985 answer worthy of a stick-um!:thumb:
     
  6. katrina514

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    I laughed when I read "We cannot give you an appointment" if only. hahah
     
  7. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    You laugh, but you wouldn't believe some of the questions/comments I get. Some candidates -- and even more parents -- seem to believe that BGOs make the decisions and/or that the candidate interview is the single most important element of your packet. Hate to burst that bubble . . . although if it makes folks feel better to blame me rather than the fact their kid's record wasn't strong enough . . . :rolleyes:
     
  8. USNA84

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    ^^^^^

    I have often been asked by parents if they need to know someone in the MOC or Senator's office, or be of the same political affiliation to secure a nomination - unequivocal answer: "No."

    Or, I will get the "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" from the parent who says, "Well, I'm on the campaign committee for (insert Senator or MOC name here), so that shouldn't be a problem."

    I can tell you from working with 4 different MOC's staffs and both Virginia Senators staffs that the nomination process is about as transparent as can be.

    In fact, most MOC's and Senators go out of their way to ensure that not even the remotest claim of nepotism could be pinned on them. They send the list of aspirants to the respective academies and let the Admissions office tell them who the top 10 are.

    They also coordinate with each other to ensure that the noms get spread around, i.e. you probably won't see the same 10 names on both of the Senators' list of noms for a particular academy.
     
  9. 1964BGO

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    For several years the senators from my state conducted joint service academy days and interviews specifically so they would not duplicate nominees and to maximize the number of candidates who got nominations to the academies. It worked really well from the academies' perspectives and the candidates were very well served as well.
     
  10. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Proving you don't need to know your MOC . . . at the time I was applying my parents were actively working to defeat the guy who ended up giving me a nom. Guy was defeated, I got the nom, all were happy. Well, except the now Ex-Congressman. :biggrin:
     
  11. jbowman55

    jbowman55 USNA Parent 2014

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    At church, among all the congratulations, I was asked," How many times did you have to vote Republican for her to get the nomination?" I replied, "Actually, it was Rep. (Democrat) who nominated her!"

    Thinking all the time: " I can tell it wasn't political based on the number of angry letters my husband wrote to Rep. (Democrat)!!!"
     

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