I apologize in advance if this topic has been beaten to death already and I overlooked the thread, but I couldn't find an exact answer. I recently learned that my two senators and representative all use a competitive nomination process. I understand that they present a list of ten names to the academy to rank and give them the choice to pick. If I'm on the list, but is the not the one picked by the academy, do I become an alternate, or am just plain out of luck? Do alternates not exist in this nomination process? I ask because I have received an LOA, but I know of at least one other person in my district who has also received an LOA to USAFA. From what I read, being an alternate with an LOA is good enough for an offer of appointment (all I'm missing is the nomination). Thanks.