Very Confused - Did I get an LOA or Scholastically Qualified?

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Hopeful MDN, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. Hopeful MDN

    Hopeful MDN Member

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    Hey I need some serious help.

    Today I got a letter from the Naval Academy and it said, "The Admissions Board has reviewed your record and has determined you are scholastically qualified to compete for an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2014. While this completes a major step toward obtaining an appointment to the Naval Academy, it does not quarantee admission to the Naval Academy."

    Does anyone know what this letter means? The admissions office has already closed and I need help!
     
  2. harmi

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    My son got the same letter today...we are not sure of what it means either, he has passed his dodmerb awhile ago and his CFT...we are certain this is not an LOA...is an LOA to follow? Any input would be appreciated!:rolleyes:
     
  3. Just_A_Mom

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    This letter means you are qualified!!! This is a letter of encouragement!
    While it is not an LOA - it is a big step. Work hard on your nominations package, do well on your interview and win a nomination.

    As the school year moves along, don't forget to update your package with any significant awards or accomplishments.
     
  4. Knarf

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    My daughter received this same letter. We are taking it, along with the CWV next week, as very promising signs...
     
  5. Luigi59

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    It means you are scholastically qualified. (Q#1) Your grades, SAT/ACT scores, transcripts, and extra-curricular activities met or exceeded the standard for admission.

    It is not a LOA.

    If you have passed you CFA (Q#2) and DODMERB exam (Q#3) are "triple qualified (3Q).

    If you get a nomination, you will compete for an appointment.
     
  6. K_Delrosario

    K_Delrosario Prospective

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    Do you have to receive a letter saying you are qualified to compete? this appauling.....
     
  7. harmi

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    so if you are 3 Q'd...does this mean if you get a nomination you have a very good chance of obtaining an appointment?
     
  8. Just_A_Mom

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    According to the USNA website about 2,000 candidates are qualified for admission; of those about 1500 receive an appointment. You are about 3/4 there.

    If you haven't been invited yet, you might want to contact admissions and see if you can attend a CVW.
     
  9. Memphis9489

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    The LOA is actually a form letter. It will contain the the following key phrase:

    "You are guaranteed an offer of appointment if your remaining admissions requirements are complete."

    The key word, of course, is "guaranteed".
     
  10. harmi

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    Thanks for the info...not giving up hope!! Good luck to all!!
     
  11. harmi

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    Can anyone explain the difference between a "primary"nomination and a "principal" nomination? Any suggestions how to prepare for interviews? What types of questions do they generally as of the candidate? Do they take into account the young adult will be nervous? Thanks all!!
     
  12. Luigi59

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    The phrase "primary nomination" is incorrectly used.

    The correct term is "principal nomination."
     
  13. Eagle

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    Coast Guard Academy

    Harmi,
    take a look at the Coast Guard Academy....if you haven't done so yet, and you do, you'll be surprised to discover a fanstastic Academy and a very worthwhile mission.

    It's not too late to apply. Do yourself a favor to give them a look. You may like what you see and you may be happy in the end, that you did.
     
  14. harmi

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    What exactly is a Principal nomination? While any nomination is excellent, what sets this one apart from the others?
     
  15. Luigi59

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    It's a guaranteed appointment as long as you meet the admissions criteria.
     
  16. Berkeley0719

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    According to Wikipedia -

    "Congressmen generally nominate ten people per vacancy. They can nominate people in a competitive manner, or they can have a principal nomination. In a competitive nomination, all ten applicants are reviewed by the academy, to see who is the most qualified. If the congressman appoints a principal nominee, then as long as that candidate is physically, medically, and academically found qualified by the academy, he or she will be admitted, even if there are more qualified applicants."
     
  17. Just_A_Mom

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    Members of Congress have three choices when they submit their candidate slates:

    1. Competitive method - this is by far the most common. The MOC will simply submit a slate of names without any ranking. The Academies are then required by law to appoint the most qualified. Some MOC's use this method each year and will post this in the application.

    2. Principle with ranked alternates - In this method the MOC will rank the candidates and the academy is required to appoint in order. If for some reason #1 is not qualified or rejects the appointment the academy will appoint #2, and so on.

    3. Principle with unranked alternates - In this method the MOC will rank one candidate as #1. The others will be unranked. If the #1 candidate is not qualified or rejects the appointment the academy will appoint the next candidate in order of merit.

    As a candidate you have no control over this so don't spend your time worrying about it. I suggest you go to the Nomination forum - there are many old posts from the past few years with interview tips.
    As far as being nervous - practice, practice, practice.
     
  18. jennyp

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    Luigi and JAM are, as always, spot on. These letters are not LOA's. Yes, receipt of this letter is welcome news! There is nothing "appalling" about the fact that one must be scholastically (and medically and physically qualified) to compete for an appointment. Would you expect the unqualified to compete for an appointment?

    Remember, not all 3-Q'd applicants will receive nominations and not all 3-Q'd applicants with nominations will receive appointments. It behooves each of you to have the strongest application package you can put together!
     

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