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Hearing from Reps

Discussion in 'Nominations' started by BeatNavy, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. BeatNavy

    BeatNavy USMA Cadet 5-Year Member

    Feb 20, 2009
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    When do most representatives contact the candidates they have chosen to nominate? My senator's office emailed me saying I would receive an update towards the end of november. I realize that this will vary but is there a usual time frame? I imagine that it might be longer if there is an interview. How long after the office contacts the nominees does it submit the list to the academies?
  2. marciemi

    marciemi 5-Year Member

    Feb 5, 2009
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    I think "most" doesn't mean much because it varies so much by area. Obviously some people are hearing now. My son has his senator interviews scheduled (weekend after next) but hasn't heard anything about when interviews will be (we know they do them) for his congressman. I can tell last year our senators "publicized" the noms on Dec. 23, but I don't know if they were contacted individually before that and how much before. I know from what I've read here on the boards that many MOC's opt to wait until Jan 31 when they absolutely have to submit them. Think the only way you could know for sure would be to ask your specific MOC!
  3. Pima

    Pima 5-Year Member

    Nov 28, 2007
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    To answer your question, the SA learns before you will. Since our DS did not apply to USNA, I do not know what their website for candidates looks like. For the AFA it has a subtitle that shows your nom sources that you received and dates.

    For our DS, one MOC showed up on his AFA login 4 months before we received the letter. No lie...cut off date was 10/1, it showed up in Dec. on the website, the letter arrived in Feb, postmarked Jan. 31st

    Actually, every nom for him, showed up before the letter from the MOC in the mailbox. One by a few days, one by weeks, one by months. DO not take the leap that one MOC is going to operate like the others.

    Typically, if the MOC places the list on his site it is after the letters have gone out. SO for marciemi, that would make sense since it gives @ 5 weeks between meeting and the public announcement, allowing week 3 or 4 for private notification.

    Your MOC may not want to release that info so they are not inundated by candidates...think about a state like VA with 350 applicants for the 4 branches that they whittled down to 75-80. If they stated the week or date, they would spend that time answering phone calls instead of contacting each branch, sending out notifications to candidates and placing public press releases. (Did you notice that some MOCS ask if you want it printed in your local paper...guess who is in charge of that...not you!)
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  4. jennyp

    jennyp 5-Year Member

    Nov 3, 2008
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    Our Senators and Rep in Texas did not do interviews last year. We heard a "No" from one Senator in late November via letter in the mail. Son checked with local rep in mid Dec and was told he would hear via mail within the week and we did. That nomination showed up on his candidate page on Christmas Day! Other Senator called Jan 20 to say that Son was getting her nomination.....left a message on son's cell. Son returned the call the next day to say "thanks." At that time, the staffer told him he would be getting an appointment. Son and I talked and he was concerned he didn't understand it correctly, so called back only to be assured that he was indeed receiving an appointment. Got the appointment package Feb 1. This senator sent a certificate and nice letter in a large envelope with protective cardboard. The Senator's office told me they put 5 on the slate in early December and waited to see who Congressmen noninated before they put the other five on the slate. Son was in the second group of five. And was immediately offered appointment.

    The only certainty is that the MOC's must notify the academies by January 31 who is on their slate. Other than that, I bet there are 400+ ways to get it done!

    Ours did not post on their web pages who was on their slate. The Senator who did not nominate my son (Senator Cornyn) hosted a picnic thing in May for academy bound kids and their families. We did not go as it was 450+ miles away! Senator Hutchison's office expressed dismay that they had never been included in the plans or hosting of the picnic! Senatorial tiffs, I guess! Trying to upstage each other!

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