Yesterday I received a call from the head admissions person from West Point telling me I was a "competitive Candidate" based off of my SAT scores, and he had me schedule an interview with him. My SAT score wasn't very high,(1870), but did anyone else receive a call??
I also wanted to know if it helps to have a general or an admiral write a letter of Recommendation for me?
Was it COL McDonald? More than like you were contacted by an admissions liaison officer (MALO or FFR) in your area. If you have a good class rank, 1870 is good enough to make you "competitive." The initial evaluation rely heavily on SAT/ACT scores. If available and active, local liaison officers will interview "competitive" candidates in the area.
As for a letter of recommendation, it depends on. If the letter says you are a good kid or restate your qualification/accomplishment, it won't help. So a typical letter of recommendation I read is something like, I am so and so (General), this kid is great, do good in school and sports, active in community, will make a great Army officer. Whats' missing? How does this general knows this kid? If above letter had a strong connection (i.e. church, boy scout, school, internship, etc), it will be more creditable, otherwise no.