I may be writing the obvious here but as a BGO reading many of the threads in this forum from some candidates, I wanted to post some guidance regarding appointments and LOAs. To be fully qualified for an appointment, a candidate must: Have an official nomination Be found scholastically and medically qualified Meet the qualifying standards for the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) Appointments are formally made by the Superintendent of the Naval Academy in the name of the President to fully qualified candidates who are in line to fill the vacancies for which nominated. Candidates with outstanding qualifications may be offered letters of assurance (LOA). An LOA is a statement that a candidate is highly qualified scholastically but please remember...a full offer of appointment follows an LOA only if a candidate completes all remaining requirements: An official nomination Medical qualification Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) Blue & Gold Officer interview About 40% of the total offers of appointment will be made by mid-January. The remaining candidates selected for appointment will normally be notified by mid-April. Some reflections on this guidance pulled directly from the our BGO information system: Even with an LOA...no nomination, no appointment. I deduce (maybe incorrectly) that some candidates believe there are secret LOA nominations held in reserve by an entity at the Naval Academy. They ain't no nominations thar. Formal nominations are made by official nomination sources. The Superintendent of the Naval Academy is not an official nomination source. Got an LOA and run the CFA mile in 7 1/2 minutes? I hope you got your civilian college applications in. A midshipman runs a mile at a six-minute pace on average. Even the slowest rugby player is gonna lap you.