What's the best that can happen?

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  1. dvnkmmy

    dvnkmmy Member

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    I applied and everything was turned in early. Missed the EA deadline by a day due to a LOR... my fault there. However, in MD you only get one nomination and I got my nomination to USNA. Since I do not have a nomination to USAFA, what is the best that can happen? I have also heard nothing from them as of today.

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  2. USNAhopeful88

    USNAhopeful88 Member

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    I believe you can get prep or foundation school or if you applied for a VP NOM you can get that best case scenario. Someone please correct me if im wrong
     
  3. USAFA83GradWife

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    You might get a Superintendents nom -- but those are really rare.
    They are given very, very, VERY sparingly. Usually given to highly qualified candidates who, due to failure of the system, didn't get a nom another way.
     
  4. QBsdad

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    DS got this from admissions today:
    "All appointments have not gone out. Decisions should be going out from now to April for the bulk of it. As to when exactly the appointments will go out I do not know. If USAFA is interested in you our Nominations Department will try to help with the nomination. I do not know what the decision will be. Once files are paneled they still have to be approved by the Board which this process takes time. I recommend you hold out for decisions to be made by the Board. Hopefully they will be soon. Please understand I do not have a definite date. However, if you feel you cannot wait then that decision is totally up to you to make. You have to live with your decision and be happy with the person you will see in the mirror."
     
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  5. Christcorp

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    In reply to the OP.

    As some have said, it is possible to get a VP nomination, but only if you applied for one. As for a superintent nomination, there are very few of those, and you'd have to be a candidate that the academy really wants. Part of the No Brainer club I've mentioned in the past.

    The fact is however, without a nomination from some place, you get get an appointment. That's just the way it is. No way around it. No exceptions.

    As for a prep school offer, that's tricky. The prep school slots are for individuals who are usually deficient in one area making them not competitive up front, but the rest of their application shows tremendous potential. Usually the deficiency is in a particular class, your act/sat, or similar. In other words, most people are "over qualified" and won't get a prep school slot. Some think the prep school is where the sports teams put all their applicants who are athletes so they get an extra year to train in the sport. Most athletes either get a direct appointment like everyone else, or they get nothing. So basically, if you're sitting with a really good gpa, have good act/sat scores, passed your cfa, medical, and have an excellent application, then you're probably over qualified for a prep school slot and won't get it.

    But not knowing your application, I can't say for sure. I will say however, if you received a navy nomination, and you're fortunate to receive an appointment, and you truly want to serve in the military as a commissioned officer, you should really consider accepting that appointment. You have much better odds. Best of luck to you.
     
  6. baileydb

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    What about a Falcon scholarship? Is the OP likely to receive one of those?
    (I have a friend in a very similar situation)
     
  7. jackson1989

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    My son was in the exact scenario a few years back and received a Falcon Foundation Scholarship. It is never a given, but it is definitely a possibility. Best of luck!!
     
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  8. Christcorp

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    Again, not knowing their complete application, it's difficult to say. Can you be over qualified? Most definitely. What is that break point, hard to tell when I don't have their application in front of me, along with their competition. So just knowing even gpa and act/sat isn't enough.

    I would say that considering he doesn't have any nominations for Air Force, that his odds are better at getting one of the offers like falcon or prep vs the academy. Considering it's impossible to receive an appointment without a nomination, but you don't need a nomination for the others.
     
  9. flieger83

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    Folks, I realize that patience is running thin by now. Trust me, as a "two time applicant/candidate" I can relate!!

    But...the questions being asked, as CC has very clearly explained, really can't be answered by us here. The only folks that truly know "what's going on now" are the folks in USAFA/RRS...the selections folks. And one thing I've learned in 20 years as an ALO (as of last week) is that "they" are VERY good at what they do and they NEVER tell the inner workings. The queries over "Falcon Foundation" versus "Sup't Nomination, aka: the Silver Bullet" and others are just speculative.

    We'll know when we know...until then we gnaw our fingernails...trust me...I have a couple of outstanding candidates right now that have appointments to the other SA's, ROTC scholarships, etc...etc...and yet, from USAFA...."cue the sound of crickets..."

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
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