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Oct 31, 2008
Well I got a letter in the mail today from one of my senators saying that he has decided to nominate me for the Naval Academy! (I am EXTREMELY happy!) I was curious, does a senatorial nom. carry more weight than a congressional one? Also, I go for my medical stuff on the 7 of January and I will be doing my CFA before that. I know what the last 2 Q's are in being triple Q'ued, but what is the first one? Was it the letter I recieved based on my SAT scores? Or is it somthing I have yet to recieve? Thanks a lot!
The other Q is being academically qualified.

The nominations are really a whole person kinda thing. If your ACT/SAT scores are good, you're transcript is solid, you look like an officer, you look physically fit, and you're well spoken, you should be good for a nomination.

The Three Qs for the USNA are:

Congratulations! :biggrin: That's awesome!

As far as I know, a senatorial nom doesn't carry more weight, but they are harder to get so if you can get your hands on one of those it's a good indicator that the Academy likes what you've got to offer as well.
If you don't have an LOA, do continue to pursue the MOC nom because more nom's do carry weight.

Good luck!
I don't think I'd say more noms carry more weight. You only need one. However, more noms give the SA's the ability to "charge" you off to more possible sources. Several very competitive states will not have a candidate with more than one nom as the senators and congressmen compare lists and do not duplicate so as to offer more candidates nominations.

Try for all possible sources. But one is all you need.
My understanding is that a Congressional Nomination would be more beneficial. This so because a congressional pool only has applicants from the local area whereas a senatorial pool has applicants from the whole state. So it stands to reason that a senate pool would contain, on average, more competitive candidates than a congressional one. Giving you less of a chance for appointment. But don't let that deter you, you have already proven yourself to be a strong candidate just by getting the nom.
our BGO told us that all you need is one and acted thrilled that my son had one (pres shows up on his info sheet). He stated that some very qualified candidates don't get any. Our experience so far has been that one senator responded and stated that he had 385 applicants this year and he discounted any one that USNA told him had an appointment or a nomination. I wouldn't be surprised if all my son's MOC's letters say this same thing. We live in VA and it is one of the tough states.

O.k, do I need to complete my CFA before the board will review my Academic record?
Let's think about this for a moment. While the Senator is choosing his/her nomination slate from the entire state.......that may not necessarily mean it is tougher to get a Senatorial nomination or that the slate is more competitive in general than a Representative's slate.

Here in Texas, the Senators check with the Reps so they do not duplicate nominations. So, if Senator X checks with the many reps across the state and eliminates those who are going to get a nom from any one of the reps from the applicants under consideration for Senator X's slate of nominees, the relative "competitiveness" of that Senator's slate could be very competitive or not so much. Not so much if the really awesome applicants had already been snatched up by the reps for their slates..........

I tend to think the competitiveness of any given slate of nominees is truly "pot luck" from year to year. Some years, the buffet may have lots of goodies, other years, maybe not.

Now, if the Senator had first choice of all the applicants in a state, then they would likely have the toughest, most competitive slate of nominees.

It is always true that on a competitive slate, you are only competing with nominees from your congressional district with the representative's nomination. For the one slot allotted to that MOC. Then the rest of the slate would go into the national pool. From there, depending upon how competitive each candidate is, there could be multiple appointments.

All of this analysis is designed to give us something to think about while waiting. And waiting. And waiting some more!