I've spent a lot of time making sure I understand the process of admissions, but clearly not enough, so now I am resorting to this forum. My understanding is that each senator or congressman can nominate 10 candidates for each vacant slot. And whoever is "first" out of the 10 nominated candidates (assuming he/she is qualified) is granted an appointment. The rest of the candidates (who are also qualified) are then placed into a national waiting list. West Point picks from this list and everyone given an appointment makes up the class. NOW!!!!!! IMPORTANT PART ASSUMING THAT THE ABOVE IS TRUE!!!!! I have obtained a nomination from my senator. However, I called my district's congresswomen's office and was told I will have her nomination, but it is not updated yet. My congresswomen, however, requires me to revoke my nomination if I get one from another source. Soooooo finally here is my BIG question.... In terms of "strategy" (assuming my understanding of the appointment process is correct), would it be better to take my congresswomen's nomination rather than my senator's because it will most likely be less competitive for that "first" spot?