My turn to ask a question (I don't think I have ever done it on this forum)....this is triggered by an recent exchange of private messages with a parent, and numerous vague references to the "National Pool" in this forum. The term usually comes up when someone refers to not winning their MOC slate, and pins their hopes on getting picked up in the "National Pool." When asked, I had to admit, I don't know exactly what the National Pool is and how many people get Appointments from the National Pool ? What I do know is that every Appointment needs a nominating source, and the normal nominating source's are clearly identified on Admissions website. Is there some other "secret" source of nominations that creates the National Pool. For example, I have seen references here to how the Supe has some ability to admit great candidates or blue chip athletes. Does the Supe have nomination or other discretionary powers. If so, how many candidates can get in that way ? I know that it is possible for Noms and Appointments to use unfilled MOC nominations to appoint a good candidate from one of the more populated states , and that from time to time some MOC nominations are unfilled and available...but realistically, this probably doesn't happen all that often. I am a BGO in one of those rural states, and we have plenty of very qualified candidates and many are disappointed each year. I also know that there has to be some flexibility built into the system, since it impossible to predict how many Presidential Nominations (probably a lot) or Medal of Honor Appointments (probably rare) are used each year. So, with that preamble ..what is the basis for the National Pool, and how many Appointments come from it ?