Regional Commander same as Admissions officer?

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This might be a dumb question even for a reaapliccant, but I heard that you should be proactive in updating your admissions officer about your progress and plans once and awhile just so your on their radar. My question is: Is the rc the same as the admissions officer? In my 2029 portal, it lists my rc under admissions officer. Though his point of contact is literally just the admissions email plus the region? Thank you for anyone that could clarify this.
 
This might be a dumb question even for a reaapliccant, but I heard that you should be proactive in updating your admissions officer about your progress and plans once and awhile just so your on their radar. My question is: Is the rc the same as the admissions officer? In my 2029 portal, it lists my rc under admissions officer. Though his point of contact is literally just the admissions email plus the region? Thank you for anyone that could clarify this.
The Regional Commander (RC) is the admissions officer for your region. That is the person you should establish a relationship with. While you should not overload them with correspondence or questions that can easily be answered on the website, you should feel free to contact them with significant updates and questions.

In my opinion a candidate should email the RC:

1. At the beginning of the admission cycle to introduce yourself and express interest in USMA. This should be after the initial application is submitted to allow the RC to provide worthwhile feedback if necessary.
2. In the middle of the admissions cycle to reaffirm continued interest.
3. Near the end of the admissions cycle (if no appointment/TWE) to get feedback on chances and again reaffirm interest.
4. Any time with significant updates after the application has been submitted.

A similar contact schedule is also appropriate for the FFR since they may be able to provide useful feedback and will most likely be conducting the interview. Just remember that the FFR is an alumni volunteer, not an admissions officer.
 
Many applicants only contact their FFR. As a re-applicant you should definitely reach out to your RC/Regional Admissions Officer.
 
If there are recruiting events in your area your RC might be there (that was my experience) It is a good opportunity to go and introduce yourself in person. Just a thought. . .
 
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