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Don't think I'm getting a Nomination

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Cr0ssFir3, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. Cr0ssFir3

    Cr0ssFir3 New Member

    Nov 28, 2012
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    I've been turned down by my first Senator and now my Congressman for a nomination. I was shocked that I did not receive one from my Congressman because I did incredibly well in the interview and I was told by my advocate that my application was outstanding. However, I am from the 5th district in MD. The competition here is especially fierce. I honestly believe that I didn't receive one because there were just not enough spaces, not because I wasn't qualified.

    My question is, If I don't receive a nomination from my other Senator, what can I do? I am a freshman college student, who is applying for the first time. In my opinion my application will look much better to the admissions board than any nomination source because of updated things like my first semester transcripts and new SAT scores (both great btw).

    Is there anything I can do to help my chances of the admissions board "finding me" a nomination?
    Is it one thing that they want me to come there and another if they are willing to find me a nomination?
  2. futuremarinemom

    futuremarinemom Member

    Mar 8, 2012
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    Did you apply for the Vice Presidential nomination? It may be a long shot, but you never know...
  3. feartheterp

    feartheterp Member

    Aug 13, 2012
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    I'm in the same boat, except I am a sophomore in college. I have yet to hear from Senator Cardin, so I still have a glimmer of hope. I understand your frustration with the intense competition, as I am a resident of MD-06.

    Remain positive and don't give up hope unless you receive the TWE. If you don't earn an appointment this year, continue to apply. Keep earning great grades and give it a shot next year. My interviewers appreciated the fact that I am a sophomore in college and I have not given up my dream of attending USNA. If it's something you truly want, be persistent and find a way to distinguish yourself from the mass of well-qualified applicants in our region. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
  4. dunninla

    dunninla 5-Year Member

    Jan 26, 2010
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    have you, or can you join ROTC? that is a nomination source for USMA and I assume USNA as well.
  5. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO 5-Year Member

    Jul 15, 2007
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    If you haven't joined an ROTC earlier this semester, then it is really moot on trying to do it now (for a nomination).
    (1) It will be obvious you are doing it for the nomination (since you would have to ask for consideration immediately).
    (2) You won't be able to join until AFTER the next semester starts in Jan.
    (3) Nominations are due to USNA on Jan. 31; the NROTC nomination (or for AFROTC/ARTOC honor units only) form requires a letter of recommendation. That means your CO would have to finalize his draft probably a week before that. Even if you could meet this timeline, you would have to impress him/her in less than 3 weeks. When he/she signs that form/letter he/she is putting their name on an official form, stating a candidate's aptitude has potential for commissioning.

    Not here to shoot your nomination dreams down, but being realistic that if you haven't joined an ROTC a few months ago, it is probably too late. It is great to see dunninla is thinking of solutions, but I'd go along with feartheterp. It is possible you didn't receive your Congressional nomination because the remaining Senator chose you.

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