My district nominates a principal and then alternates. There are two spots open at the academy (potentially three). My question is how someone with an LOA or NAPS plays into this. There will only be about 15 people applying to USNA in my district. One is at NAPS now and another has an LOA. 1. Will an individual from NAPS need the principal to get the appointment? Or could they get an alternate and still get an appointment? 2. If an individual has an LOA, can they get an appointment with an alternate or do they still need the principal to get the appointment? I'm just trying to get an idea of whether its realistic that I'm in the running for a principle based off of these circumstances. Of course I'm applying to all nomination sources and will put 100 percent into the interview, but I would like to remain realistic.