I am going to be a senior in high school this year and will be applying for a nomination to West Point in the fall. I have seen many people on the forum talking about nomination request letters, and I was wondering if writing a letter is really necessary. I have checked my MOC's websites and none of them say anything about writing a letter requesting a nomination, the websites just have the nomination application requirements and deadlines. I have already begun working on my applications because they are online and I have designated for the congressional offices to receive my SAT and ACT scores. So is it really necessary for me to formally request a nomination from MOCs, and if so, when should I send the letter? Should I do it ASAP or wait until my candidate portal opens at the end of July?