My DS just received an LOA to the Naval Academy. My initial understanding was that if one receives an LOA, receiving a nomination meant that you'll automatically receive an offer of appointment (assuming you remain Triple Qualified). Our MOC's website explains nominations: "The law pertaining to Senatorial appointments for each of the U.S. Service Academies stipulates that a Member of the United States Senate is allowed a maximum of five persons at each academy in any given year. This quota therefore determines the number of vacancies for each entering class. This year, it appears that I will be allowed to nominate for one vacancy each at the Air Force Academy, Military Academy and Naval Academy. I will be able to nominate ten candidates for each vacancy." I read this to mean that the senator will nominate 10 applicants to the Naval Academy, but the Academy will select only one for an appointment. One can easily imagine scenarios where a candidate with an LOA receives a nomination along with others in their state or district, but is but does not receive an offer of appointment due to the number of actual vacancies. E.g., Sen. Smith nominates ten kids for his single vacancy at the Naval Academy, and two of those nominees received LOAs, therefore, one of them won't receive an offer of appointment. This conflicts with my initial understanding that an LOA + Nomination = Offer of Appointment.