Hello, I am a 2021 applicant from a midwestern state with much less competition compared to Maryland, California, etc. I was recently informed this past week by the US senator from my state that I have received his principal nomination to USNA. I am thrilled but have a couple questions. According to some Academy sources I've talked to and read, a principal nomination is practically a guarantee for appointment. Is this true? I am 3Q, as I'm fully confident in my academics, CFA, and DoDMERB results. I have read multiple threads on both sides of this issue, either saying it certainly means appointment... or saying that it is just a normal nomination. I would really like to hear some insight and advice about this situation and would appreciate any!