So first let me say that I’m the one who asked the question on the ROTC thread about being interviewed three times for the NROTC scholarship – each time with a different Officer at a different site with the latest one last Friday. My status continues to say “No decision made.” And now I’ve got another puzzle to figure out and I’m looking for help from anyone here. I received a nomination to the Naval Academy from my Congressman in mid-December. At the Congressman’s formal presentation to all his SA nominees, I was 1 of 3 nominated to USNA. At the conclusion of the evening, the Congressman announced good news for one of the SA nominees – it was the appointment. And it went to one of the other USNA nominees. And then after reading all the posts on here about principal vs. competitive and 1 vacancy per MOC and things like that, well…I began putting Plan G into place (Plan B, C, D, E and F already there). So I called my Congressman's office today. Here is what I was told. My Congressman has 3 vacancies at the Naval Academy and he awarded a total of 4 USNA nominations (one nominee didn’t show up at the formal presentation). One vacancy has been filled with the one who was awarded the appointment at the December presentation. Now there are two vacancies to be filled. There are three of us who are the Congressman’s “competitive” nominees. The woman I spoke with was unclear about the National Pool, she did say it was up to the Admissions Board at the Naval Academy now and that I was one of 3 competing for his two remaining vacancies. So am I in a pond where 3 of us are competing for the Congressman’s two vacancies or… am I in a very large pool?