My mom sent me an interesting email the other night and it got me worried that candidates for this year's class were getting something terribly wrong. Here's what she asked: "After reading some things on the two forums about nominations and appointments, I am reading several say that if they are getting the MOC nomination or Senator nomination that they are a shoe in for the appointment. These are ones without LOAs. Now as I understand it, you can have a nomination and still not get an appointment BUT you will not (well 99% of the time) get an appointment without a nomination. I seriously hope some of these families are not putting their hope on the nominations. I think about the kid in you NASS squad, he was triple Q’d and had 3 nominations last year and still did not get in. Then you had no LOA but had a nomination and did not get in but got NAPS offered. And then just because one SA offers you an appointment does not mean that another one will…look at you." I wanted to make sure that all candidates reading this forum understand that a nomination does not equal an appointment. A nomination plus triple qual'ed does not equal an appointment. An LOA, successful completion of your packet (DODMERB), and a nomination equals an appointment. Also, my mom is exactly right, if you get an appointment from one SA, don't count on one from every SA you applied to. I got an appointment to USAFA but not to USNA. I have to graduate NAPS to go to USNA. BGO's correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure this is correct. I just do not want candidates getiing their hearts broken if things don't go as planned. Please, don't get me wrong, a nomination is a big step, just not the final one.