USNA OOM ranking question

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  1. bandad

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    DW and I attended a banquet honoring the Class of 2019 USNA appointees from our state. In addition, the top ranked Firstie from our state was honored with a sword. The Firstie that received the sword had a top resume including 4.0 GPA, a National STEM award in their major, and other leadership and service accomplishments at USNA. What surprised me a bit was their class ranking/OOM. Mid was in the mid to lower thirtys in the class. I understood their are typically ten or so 4.0 perfect GPAs per class. How is it that the Mid was ranked so much lower? It is certainly an honor to graduate with distinction, but how did so many other Mids pass this 4.0 Mid in OOM.

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    This is where his physical fitness scores, military grades and conduct grades come into effect. There is an academic GPA called QPR and then there is a final score that factors all this in. OOM factors in all these things. There is AOM, academic order of merit and MOM, military order of merit. He could be a B or C PRT guy, could be ranked lower in military performance or got put on restriction at some point. All these things come into play. My room mate was a top 10 grad. She had a 4.0 most semesters and the PRT was always her nemesis. She always passed but was short of an A normally. She probably would of been top 3 if she had As on her PRT. She also got some demerits first one year that knocked her down to a B in conduct.
     
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    I think your OOM gets a bump from varsity athletes and course overloading too, right? And I certainly agree with that...
     
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    Athletics can bump a PE grade. Not sure how much. There is an Instruction that covers the break down. Some sports also get addition Fit Reps. As a basketball player our team Captain wrote them and our Officer Rep signed them. This is done because we are gone from the hall so much and some of the stuff we do is overlooked. We spend a lot of time volunteering with youth clinics, signing autographs, etc. Most of us voluntarily give up leave to work camps because we want to represent the school and team. Also our leadership within the team is not seen by others outside the team. Not sure on the overloading piece. It could, I am sure the instruction covers it. But then again I had a few semesters of 21 hours and that wasn't considered an overload.
     
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    The weird things in my memory stuck like lint in the dryer: Google "Naval Academy Instruction 1531.51 Order of Merit."
     
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    I opened the instruction and realized I can't even remember reading this thing once as a Midshipmen. I think my room mate did, but since she fell into the super genius category she had a reason to. I was in the trying not to flunk out category! Ok so really only Plebe Year, did much better after that!
     
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