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Nominations from a Navy town

Discussion in 'Nominations' started by USMA2016, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. USMA2016

    USMA2016 Appointee - Class of 2016 5-Year Member

    Dec 19, 2010
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    Hey all,

    I'm a USMA candidate from San Diego, one of the largest (if not the largest) Navy towns in the US.
    A few of my friends (applying to USNA) all told me that getting into USMA from San Diego was far easier because everyone interesting in service academies in San Diego would be applying to the Naval Academy.
    Is it true that if you live in a Navy town it's easier to get a nomination to West Point?

    USMA 2016
  2. vampsoul

    vampsoul 5-Year Member

    Mar 14, 2009
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    Okay, I am from just outside of Philadelphia, a big Navy area. Yes, more people applied to USNA than USMA, but that does not mean the calibur of those who applied for USMA were any less (get it?). So quite simply, your chances of getting a NOMINATION- not appointment- go up, but the ease of getting in does not. Plus, remember that a lot of people applying to one academy will apply to at least one other.
  3. 1964BGO

    1964BGO 5-Year Member

    Nov 27, 2009
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    The basics are the same - each MOC is able to have 5 cadets/midshipmen at each DOD academy at any time. Each vacancy gives the MOC the opportunity to nominate up to 10 prospects. It stands to reason that areas near a military installation will attract a larger number of applicants from the service based at that installation than will the other services, BUT, given the greater familiarity with the armed services in those areas, you should expect a greater interest in all service academies than you would find in an area a couple hundred miles from any such installation. As someone noted above, don't expect there to be a difference in the quality of the prospects. Best wishes.

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