When DS submitted his packages to service academies this summer, he sent his request for Presidential Nomination early. This eliminated his chance of receiving an LOA. It seems as though alot of LOAs were given out this year. The reason for him sending in the Presidential early was to be considered for early appointments. Did we make a huge mistake? Have most of the Presidential Appointments been given out already?
LOAs are a flexible tool used by SAs in many ways, with no way of knowing how many are given out in any one year. They are the exception, not the norm. LOAs usually have language that essentially says an appointment will be offered if various conditions are met - could be a nom, could be something else.
I assume your DS applied for all noms he could - VP, Senators, MOC. That is all still churning.
I don’t think any harm was done by submitting early in the cycle. Only 100 appointments out of all eligible for the Presidential (for USNA, realize I don’t know for others) will eventually be charged to the Presidential. The Academies will rack and stack candidates against their competition as they build out the class. “Eventually” is the key word.
I would bet there are a couple hundred in the same boat as your DS WRT Presidential.
That’s why so many Waiting threads pop up every year.