- Jan 6, 2013
DD just got her first nomination ... CT.
The more nominations you have, the more opportunities the SA has to offer you an appointment!First of all, congratulations! I am wondering why would your DS need another nomination? Is she applying to more than one academy? It would seem counterproductive to have more than one nomination, no?
This line of discussion comes up every year. The general thinking is that, yes, an applicant needs only 1 nom - but - it’s prudent to apply for all noms for which eligible, so at a minimum, MOC, Senatorial, VP, and others with special eligibility requirements. This gives the SA maximum flexibility to consider an applicant from the perspective of different nom sources. If the candidate does not “win” his/her slate with the MOC nom, there are other opportunities for consideration. I am not touching the whole “National Pool” chapter in this thread, but there is plenty of reading about that. There is a regular poster here who uses a great lottery ticket parallel: 1 lottery ticket = 1 chance. Multiple lottery tickets = more chances.First of all, congratulations! I am wondering why would your DS need another nomination? Is she applying to more than one academy? It would seem counterproductive to have more than one nomination, no?
I suspect that every Congressional Delegation is different, and it depends largely upon the level of communication between the MOC (and perhaps party affiliations). I attended one of our Senator's Service Academy Open House forums this summer, and was discussing with the Staffer that handles nominations, and she indicated that they do compare and coordinate nominations with the other Senator in the State (another R) to ensure the widest distribution of Nominations. I didn't ask, but strongly suspect that there is little if any coordination between my Districts Congressmen and the two Senators.I recall my DS getting it 4 years ago but at that time the MOC's were all on the same page that if a candidate got a nomination he / she would not get a 2nd.