Service academy acceptance

Ditka089

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So true. DD applied to all three DOD SAs because she has a deep and genuine desire to serve, and was willing to do so for whichever branch would have her. As it turns out, she received offers of appointment to all three. But she doesn’t dare mention this to anyone. In her mind, to do so would be unseemly and just plain ego-stroking. And she knows full well that landing three offers has zero bearing on her current state. The SAs — and the military in general — are a “what have you done for me lately?” environment.
I currently have three appointments (USMA,AF,USNA) and I have not told anyone but relatives (and this forum!). I am humbled by the position I am in. I’m shocked and realize how lucky I am.
 

MJ2020

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Last year, DS2 applied to all 5 SA. Received 2 nominations to USN USMA AFA (with Presidential), 3 nominations to MMA , CGA don’t req nomination. Receive an appointment to USMA and MMA. Did not finish AFA and usn applications. Was turn down at CGA. Re-apply at CGA this year and received his appointment 2 days ago. DS1 is C/1 CGA. If your application is competitive, it’s not hard to get nomination/nominations.
 

Capt MJ

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If a candidate is not eligible for any service-connected nominations, and there is no opportunity for JROTC/nom at the HS, that leaves 2 Senators and 1 Representative as nom sources, plus the rare and elusive wild card VP and Superintendent’s noms, or possibly ROTC if a college re-applicant.

If the elected officials’ policy is to collaborate such that no one candidate gets more than 1 nom (as in, not one from all three) and/or a candidate only gets a nom to 1 SA (despite having applied to the 4 that require noms), the shiniest applicant may only get 1 nom, and not to his or her preferred choice.

This is the reality in some states, in an attempt to “spread the wealth,” and it’s the elected officials’ prerogative to do so.

It’s always nice to hear of someone who received multiple noms and offers of appointment, but I wanted to counter-balance the point made about ease of getting noms with the reality in some states.

I often write for lurkers or new members just starting to wade into the confusing world of nominations; my comments are not meant in any way to criticize the above poster.
 

Swimmom816

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If a candidate is not eligible for any service-connected nominations, and there is no opportunity for JROTC/nom at the HS, that leaves 2 Senators and 1 Representative as nom sources, plus the rare and elusive wild card VP and Superintendent’s noms, or possibly ROTC if a college re-applicant.

If the elected officials’ policy is to collaborate such that no one candidate gets more than 1 nom (as in, not one from all three) and/or a candidate only gets a nom to 1 SA (despite having applied to the 4 that require noms), the shiniest applicant may only get 1 nom, and not to his or her preferred choice.

This is the reality in some states, in an attempt to “spread the wealth,” and it’s the elected officials’ prerogative to do so.

It’s always nice to hear of someone who received multiple noms and offers of appointment, but I wanted to counter-balance the point made about ease of getting noms with the reality in some states.

I often write for lurkers or new members just starting to wade into the confusing world of nominations; my comments are not meant in any way to criticize the above poster.
Coming from a state district that likes to "spread the wealth" and only give one nomination to a candidate, I appreciate your comments that note other states give out more than one nomination to a candidate. It's not as easy as some state "to get multiple nominations, if they are a strong candidate" and so then they receive multiple appointments. Many strong candidates do not get appointments because they could not get a nomination to more than one SA.
 
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