Even though EG has never allowed paranoia to take a back seat to anything, he may have a point here. It does happen. His dad is career military and has declared CA as his residency. Some MOCs, especially in states such as FL and TX, where there is an abundance of active duty military residents due to their state military pay taxation laws, have not, in the past, made it easy for military members. Not sure about CA. Anyway, the "smart" thing to do would be to simply slide the folder into the "not competitive" pile for one made-up reason or another. The arrogancy of the misinformed in CA seems to be another story.
The following is not at all reflective on EG's situation. In order for a military member to declare themselves to be a resident of any particular state, it simply means that they "intend" to retire there. Nothing more, nothing less. Needless to say, many military members are residents of states with the most permissive state income tax requirements for active duty military. If TX and FL Independence Days were declared military holidays for their respective residents, the bases and posts would have to shut down. Incidentially, this is in no way, shape, or form, an endorsement for a military service member "residency" migration to NH, VT, SD, ND, WY, or MO.
I am sure we have all looked at the SA nomination procedures and commented about Presidential nominations, either as a sign of patriotism or with a little bit of jealousy since those members get an added nomination. I would bet you dollars to donuts that when the congressional committee that was formulating these laws made it, it was simply so they would not feel obligated to give out their nominations to those that they felt were not bonified constituents. Remember, most of these resident service members only vote in the national elections, if that.
So EG, calm down. Do your part. Apply and make every effort for you MOC's nominations. Remember, you always have your Presidential. You do have a nomination.
A corollary of this is, for these same students, the requirements for in-state residency tuition.. I think there have been a few lawsuits addressed at states who have the same attitudes as the aforementioned MOCs.
Again, good luck.