Appointments are governed under Federal law. After the appointments are encumbered for the MOC openings the academy then they make appointments using other criteria -
Title 10, 4342:
Each Senator, Representative, and Delegate in Congress, including the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico, is entitled to nominate 10 persons for each vacancy that is available to him under this section. Nominees may be submitted without ranking or with a principal candidate and 9 ranked or unranked alternates. Qualified nominees not selected for appointment under this subsection shall be considered qualified alternates for the purposes of selection under other provisions of this chapter.
Appointments are then made via the presidential nominations, active duty and reserve slots available.
After those appointments are made - the Sec of the Army may then select 150 from qualified alternates (above).
After that appointments are made until the class is full.
After it is all said and done - being on the NWL basically means that you didn't get top pick from your MOC.
This is a letter of ENCOURAGEMENT! Keep up the good work!
You are a qualfied candidate with a nomination and eligible for an appointment - in order to offer you an appointment admissions needs to fit you into a "slot" and that is governed by federal law. These are basically done by order of merit (whole candidate score) and anything you can do to raise your score this spring will help your chances in getting an appointment.
Thus the case for continuing to update your file with significant changes. Admissions is a very fluid process and continues right through the spring - if you are on the NWL - keep in contact with your admissions officer showing continued interest especially as we move through the spring.
Some of you who don't get appointments may be offered a scholarship to attend a prep program - that is a whole 'nother topic though!