Discussion in 'Nominations' started by Lumukanda, Jun 3, 2014.
Does anybody here have experience with nominations from vacant seats such as NC-12 currently?
MOCs by law can not have more than 5 at any given time
However, they are not required to fill all 5 slots. There are MOCs that do not submit any slates and have 5 vacancies.
It is possible that an MOC can 1 year have 3 vacancies. 2 from the original 5, and then 1 at the SA left during the year. Thus there are 3 vacancies for the next year. The MOC may decide to only put up two slates that year, and that would give them 2 for the year after that.
MOC are briefed twice a year on the process. July they will be informed how many slates they can submit, and the regs regarding noms. Jan., they will review how many slates they submitted, and how many slates will be available come next fall.
I meant what if there is no congressman.
With the resignation of Rep. Mel Watt to serve as the Director of FHFA, the seat is now vacant pending a special election in November. The problem is two fold. First, a candidate will be elected to complete the remainder of the 113th congress, and on another ballot question the same candidate (or another) will be elected to serve the full term of the upcoming 114th congress.
In other words, there is no sitting Representative to file an application for nomination, and will not be until after the November election.
It looks like there is a clear front-runner for the election, so one candidate should win both the 113th and 114th congress seat. So, now what?
Apply to every other possible nomination source, then wait for the NC-12 winner to take office...then politely contact her (or his) office.
This could be an opportunity for you. West Point honors whatever nominations made by the office holder at the time. So if an outgoing Congressman makes nomination, they will accept it.
My suggestion is for your to prepare a generic nomination application (SAT scores, school transcript, letters of recommendation, and etc) and contact the new Congressman's office.
I would also say that NJ just went through this situation with Lautenberg. Gov.Christie appointed the NJ AG, Jeffrey Chiesa for the interim until the special election. Booker won the election. They decided to work together. Chiesa submitted his 5 picks, and Booker submitted his 5 for the slate of ten.
The fact is the MOCs had until Jan. 31st to submit a slate.
Nom applications typically do not close until the end of Sept at the earliest. It is not rolling. IOWS they will hold every application until the deadline has passed. You gain no advantage by submitting July 1st compared to the candidate that FEDEX the application overnight to be there Sept. 30th.
~ Most MOC noms that do interviews do not have the MOC in attendance. They have a committee that decides and the MOC just endorses them.
NC is not competitive like other states. The MOCs do not talk or share the wealth. Our DS was NC7 and he got every MOC nom. If your child is competitive they should easily get at least 1 Sen nom, if not both.
Not to go off topic too much, but jmpo use the summer to get the ROTC scholarship applications done. Meet with the ALO/BGO/FFR . Our DS spent his rising senior summer meeting bi-monthly with his ALO working on his essays. It was edited/re-edited and re-edited multiple times.
His ALO had him hold off on submitting his MOC packages until September. He had a 1320 SAT/33 ACT best sitting. He took both again in Sept. His final SAT was 1390 and 34 ACT best sitting. The MOCs used super score, and for him that was 1440 after the Sept. SAT.
He also spent the summer working out for his CFA, getting his DoDMERB done, and his AFROTC scholarship.
~ NROTC boards meet starting late August. AROTC is not far behind them. AFROTC is Dec. All of them are done by a queue system. First in First boarded.
~~~ It is not uncommon for ROTC scholarship applicants to be re-boarded.
Just saying don't have tunnel vision, make sure as you work on plan A that B,C, D, etc are being worked on at the same time.
I suggest you also contact the Nominations person at the SAs in which you are interested. This is not the first time this has ever happened and they may be able to provide additional guidance.
Typically in the past, USAFA has "set the mark" to make certain the candidates are NOT harmed by situations like this. Proceed as normal with USAFA, keep very close with your counselors...and keep up with who wins the election; ready to immediately submit your package.
It WILL work out...scary as it sounds, all the SA's are ready for this!
Another example of why the Congressional nomination process does more damage than good.
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