Discussion in 'Nominations' started by nina1234, Apr 27, 2017.
I have sent in my preliminary apps for both the USNA and USAFA. How do I apply for nominations?
Browse Nominations forum here on SAF. Read Stickies at the top.
Read every page, dropdown and link on usna.edu and usafa.edu, paying particular attention to Admissions and Nominations info. Most questions are answered there.
Figure out what Nominations you are eligible for.
All elected representatives have a website. Using a common sense approach to your google search string, try "Senator/Representative (Name) Service Academy Nominations." If the MOC has SA info sessions, attend them. Read all the related web pages. Do what it says. They don't all do it the same way.
The application process itself is part of the weeding-out process. Demonstrating initiative to do detailed research using primary sources, paying attention to detail, providing complete info in required format, paying attention to detail, meeting all deadlines - critical to the year ahead. I used "paying attention to detail" twice with intent.
Treat it like a school course that has required reading, assignments, tests and essay questions. Organize your info, action steps, progress and timeline in a way that works for you. Keep copies of everything you submit!
+1 @Capt MJ (as usual).
For congressional nominations:
Here is a sample web page for a congressional representative's FAQ page for nominations. Each rep may differ slightly, but generally it is pretty consistent in terms of timing, the interview process, etc.
Also, there is a series of books by Sue Ross, a USAFA alum that describes the application process for each of the academies very well.
One more question..
In applying to both the USNA and USAFA, will I request a nomination from one senator to both academies?
It depends on your senators and congressmen. In some areas you can ask for more than one. In others you have to rank your preferences and your essays better match your rank order.
That's where reading all the info on the nom source website and attending info nights will help.
Like nina1234, I'm applying to USNA and USAFA. I know it's most likely irrational, but I have the fear that by applying to two academies, I'm looking like I just want the free education and don't care about the branch I would be serving in. Does anyone agree or am I just overthinking this?
Many apply to more than one SA. Apply to all those that you could see yourself serving in. When they ask why be prepared to answer. If they ask which is #1 and why, again, be prepared to answer.
+1 to NavyHoops. Some districts will only provide a nomination to a single academy. Choose #1 wisely as you might be stuck with it.
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