What is an LOE?

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  1. JohnPaulJones

    JohnPaulJones Member

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    Hello,

    I received a letter from West Point saying that they "reviewed my application for admission to the United States Military Academy" and thought that the information that I provided "indicates that I am the type of competitive and accomplished person who will thrive on the unique blend of programs we offer". Also, they authorized me to have an overnight visit. Is receiving this letter significant or is it just another "mass letter" sent out to all candidates? Also, I have not even completed the essay portion of the application yet. How could they be sending this letter to me based off of an incomplete application?
     
  2. Ken

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    I received the same letter last month. Based on information from previous threads, I believe it is an LOE. The language is very vague compared to the LOA from Navy so it is a bit confusing. Congratulations!
     
  3. JohnPaulJones

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    Does West Point have an LOA (Like USNA) or do they just have LOE's? Is an LOE from West Point stating that they want to offer you an appointment, similar to USNA?
     
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    Yes. Loe means with information you provided, if you complete your application you are very competitive for an appointment.
     
  5. tug_boat

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    LOE and LOA....

    There will be very very few LOAs granted this year. They are reserved for candidates that have something very special that can contribute to WP. Last year when LOEs were introduced, the rumor was about 150 to 200 were issued. And stated Letter Of Encouragement in the last paragraph. This year it may something a bit different. Also, included was an offer to shadow a Cadet and stay over night without restriction. I think in some aspects SLE would be a better experience, but SLE doesn’t reflect the day to day life or how difficult Plebe year is.

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
  6. TheNaterrater

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    Your name on here is John Paul Jones. That's Navy stuff! :shake::shake:
     
  7. GoBlue1984

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    Tug,

    From DS, SLE is nothing like Plebe year. In fact, after attending both CG AIM and SLE, he said CG AIM was much more stressful. An LOE overnight was good in that he got to interact with Plebes who could describe Plebe restrictions and some of their experiences (BEAST and Plebe year) so he had some expectation of what to expect. Even then, he said after BEAST it was much more stressful and demanding than he expected (and the morning of R-Day he was extremely nervous!).

    Nevertheless, it doesn't sound to me like anything you do can fully prepare you for the transition to USMA.
     
  8. tug_boat

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    @Goldblue

    Although SLE is not a requirement for the application to attend as a Cadet, the selection process is very competitive. When a candidate goes before his MOC for an interview, attendance may carry some weight. Even though, SLE is nothing like being a Plebe, at least the candidate does get a chance to see, touch, smell and feel West Point for a week.

    Not every LOE recipient gets a chance to take advantage of the over night opportunity. I know it can be difficult for those living on the west coast to make it happen.

    As you know and many others also, but for those who don’t, SLE is when a second year/sophomore/yuk gets his first command and teaches all those in his command about West Point during SLE.

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
  9. dlee96

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    Would it be okay to put "Letter of Encouragement Recipient" on your resumes for MOC interviews so they know? Or would that come off as cockiness?
     
  10. tug_boat

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    @dlee

    Yes, yes! It will show you are highly competitive. Include a copy in your resume.

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  11. My3Sons2017

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    dlee96 - Forward a copy of your LOE to the MOC nomination committee coordinator. Also, if you have been 3Qd by West Point admissions, send that as well. It is great to have copies of those official documents in your nomination file. The MOCs want to nominate individuals that they KNOW will not only be offered an appointment, but one that will ACCEPT that offer. Stay focused on the PRIZE, you've worked hard to get to this point!
     
  12. dlee96

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    @tug boat and @My3Sons2017
    Thank you for the replies! I will be sending in a scanned copy of the LOE
     

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