District with recruited athletes

Alan99

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Hello all, I have a question regarding obtaining a congressional nomination in a district with recruited athletes. I live in a district where there are a lot of recruited athletes and a few have already committed to play at some service academies. Does this significantly reduce my chances of obtaining a nomination from a representative?
 

Capt MJ

10-Year Member
They are eligible for a variety of nominations, just as you are.

Committing to a service academy for a sport is not the same as having a nomination and an appointment in hand. There are several threads across the forums about recruited athletes and their noms. They MAY have a shot at getting one of the Superintendent's discretionary nominations, for which there is no application. But then, you might too, if there is something special about you in some other way, and you have not earned/are eligible for any other noms. They are relatively rare.

Good advice often seen here is focus on what you can control: putting together a complete, well-thought-out SA application and nom applications, applying for every nom for which you are eligible, acing interviews, powering through CFA, re-taking tests if need be, finishing senior year strong (having fun AND no conduct issues), and determining what your Plan B is.

You can do absolutely nothing about what the competition is or does - except minimize the worry you invest in it. This is a valuable life skill.
 
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Alan99

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They are eligible for a variety of nominations, just as you are.

Committing to a service academy for a sport is not the same as having a nomination and an appointment in hand. There are several threads across the forums about recruited athletes and their noms. They MAY have a shot at getting one of the Superintendent's discretionary nominations, for which there is no application. But then, you might too, if there is something special about you in some other way, and you have not earned/are eligible for any other noms. They are relatively rare.

Good advice often seen here is focus on what you can control: putting together a complete, well-thought-out SA application and nom applications, applying for every nom for which you are eligible, acing interviews, powering through CFA, re-taking tests if need be, finishing senior year strong (having fun AND no conduct issues), and determining what your Plan B is.

You can do absolutely nothing about what the competition is or does - except minimize the worry you invest in it. This is a valuable life skill.
Thanks for the advice, I am seeking for all nominations available and have already finished my applications besides dodmerb.
 

jl123

Member
Hello all, I have a question regarding obtaining a congressional nomination in a district with recruited athletes. I live in a district where there are a lot of recruited athletes and a few have already committed to play at some service academies. Does this significantly reduce my chances of obtaining a nomination from a representative?
With respect to USMA, you are generally at no disadvantage because of recruited athletes in your district. I say "generally" because the nomination process is controlled by individual MOC's and have no requirement to follow academy guidelines, although most do.

A recruited athlete will normally not be ranked ahead of a stronger candidate. A recruited athlete may deliberately be ranked below a weaker candidate. The academy and most MOC's want to avoid the appearance of partiality in the selection process. MOC's also want to maximize the appointments in their district - ranking a recruited athlete ahead of another qualified candidate works against that goal. A recruited athlete with an LOA will receive an appointment whether they are ranked 1st or 10th.
 

Alan99

Member
Hello all, I have a question regarding obtaining a congressional nomination in a district with recruited athletes. I live in a district where there are a lot of recruited athletes and a few have already committed to play at some service academies. Does this significantly reduce my chances of obtaining a nomination from a representative?
With respect to USMA, you are generally at no disadvantage because of recruited athletes in your district. I say "generally" because the nomination process is controlled by individual MOC's and have no requirement to follow academy guidelines, although most do.

A recruited athlete will normally not be ranked ahead of a stronger candidate. A recruited athlete may deliberately be ranked below a weaker candidate. The academy and most MOC's want to avoid the appearance of partiality in the selection process. MOC's also want to maximize the appointments in their district - ranking a recruited athlete ahead of another qualified candidate works against that goal. A recruited athlete with an LOA will receive an appointment whether they are ranked 1st or 10th.
Thank you for the info!
 
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