Only One Nominee on MOC's Slate

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by catlover99, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. catlover99

    catlover99 Member

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    Hi, I'm currently a junior in HS who is considering applying to USAFA next year.

    My MoC just published their list of SA nominees for this year, and they only had one nominee for USAFA. If that person is triple qualified, will they automatically receive an appointment? Or will they go into the national pool, or something else?
     
  2. MidwestDad

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    Any MOC can nominate a Principal [which is a 'golden ticket' if you are otherwise qualified] but not that many do.

    There are always more nominated applicants than available appointments. 535 Members of Congress who can usually nominate at least 10 candidates for each academy every year so up to 5K nominated applicants for appx 1500 appointments [plus VP and Presidential.]

    My MOC had 2 seats [20 nominations] for USNA but only 17 applicants so everyone was virtually guaranteed a nomination to Navy.

    This nominee could be MOC's principal or there could have been a lack of applicants in this district this year. It happens.
     
  3. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Assuming the scenario you paint is correct, the answer is yes.
     
  4. catlover99

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    Okay, thank you!
     
  5. Christcorp

    Christcorp 10-Year Member

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    I've mentioned quite a a few times; even recently in a thread in the nominations sections, that there are times when a MOC can't get a full slate of 10 nominees. I've never seen a MOC with only 1 nominee; but I have seen slates that had less than the max 10. Most people are in a position where there's a lot more applicants for nominations than there are slots available. So it's very competitive. But there are some congressional districts in the country; in rather large states; where military service is not very popular, and not as many people apply to the academies.

    To answer your question: All based on "IF"

    1. IF the MOC has a vacant slot at the academy; (They are allowed 5 cadets at the academy at one time that S/He has nominated). Appointees from the national pool don't count towards their 5. So IF the MOC has a vacant slot, then the academy MUST APPOINT a nomination from their list if one is qualified 100%.
    2. IF the MOC's vacant list only has 1 nominee (This would be so rare) and that nominee is 100% qualified, then YES, the academy would have to choose that one person.
    3. If that one person was not 100% qualified at the time of INITIAL selection; e.g. they were waiting on a medical waiver; it's possible that once the waiver was/if approved, the individual would be in the national pool for consideration and the MOC would get 2 open slots for the following year.

    You said that your MOC posted their list of nominees and there was only one person on it. I'd probably try and verify and clarify the list. It's possible that the MOC chooses a PRINCIPAL Nominee; which is a 100% guaranteed appointment, and they only listed that one name; and the other 9 are going to the national pool. It's also possible that s/he listed the individual who received an appointment, and it appeared to be their entire list. Simply saying you might want to clarify what they posted.

    But again; IF the MOC has an available slot for that class; and IF the MOC only had 1 person apply for a nomination and they received that nomination; and IF that individual is 100% qualified for the academy during the initial selection of appointments by the academy; (Initial appointments for MOC slates are done before the national pool is done); then YES, that one individual would pretty much be guaranteed the appointment.
     
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  6. catlover99

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    Every year for the past few years, my MoC has published their entire lists for all acadmies and usually has 2-4 people's names listed for USAFA. I'm not sure if its just the principal nominee because the article listed all ten of the USNA nominees and all the names of the several USMA nominees as well (USMMA also had just one). Each year, it lists all the names of all 15-20 or so nominees for all the academies.

    Thank you for your insight into this process!