What Exactly Does This Mean?

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  1. BLSnared

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    I have a question. I am not necessarily confused as I am just intrigued. Last year, I received a broad "you've been nominated" letter. This year, however, I received a "you are nominated as a competitive alternate" letter. Now I was just wondering if there is a difference in these two letters or if he just changed the formality of them.

    Can anyone shed some insight on what this possibly means...?
     
  2. America's Finest

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    It means that MOC gave a principal nomination to someone else and you are one of the alternates.
     
  3. BLSnared

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    Yeah, that's what I figured. So just out of curiosity, last year I wasn't even an alternate?
     
  4. America's Finest

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    MOC can choose to give a principal nominations (he lists one candidate as the top choice and if he qualifies he gets appointed and if he doesn't qualify then the alternates compete for the slot). He could also number the alternates in rank but yours appears to be the competitive kind.

    Last year your MOC gave normal nominations in which everyone competed equally.
     
  5. BLSnared

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    Okay cool. Thanks for clearing that up. There is the principal and then 9 alternates right...
     
  6. America's Finest

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    Yes, that's how principal nominations work. Don't worry though, even if you don't get the slot from your MOC, you are still competing for an appointment with everyone else. :thumb:
     
  7. BLSnared

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    That is what I'm worried about...
     
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    If your letter doesn't declare you to be a "competitive alternate" does it necessarily mean you received the principle nomination? Or does it just depend on the MOC and his/her office?
     
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    No, if it is a principal nomination it will say so. If it just says nomination then it is the standard nomination in which you compete with up to 9 others.
     

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