A couple more questions: Is an appointment tied to a nomination source then? Are you then accepting that one nomination (DS has 2)? Or are nom's not "accepted" in a formal way. I started searching around and this issue became unclear to me. Also, regarding specifically USNA, after you receive a nom, are you notified if you are '3Q'ed'? or if you are NOT 3Q'ed, are you then rejected? DS has passed dodmrb, and everything else as far as we know, so does that mean he is indeed '3Q'ed"?
1. Yes, every appointment is tied to a nomination source, in one way or another, whether its a congressional nomination, a presidential nomination, or any other nomination source.
2. You don't have to officially "accept" nominations (I didn't have to last year when I was nominated), I believe you're just passively named as someone who has been nominated by that source. It's not like an appointment, where you have to send a letter or a message formally accepting your appointment.
3. If you have multiple nominations, if/when you receive an appointment, USNA will "charge" you under one of your nominations slots, and the other one will go to someone else. More simply put, if you have nominations from Senator A and Senator B, USNA may appoint you, but your slot may be charged under Senator A, meaning you won't be charged under Senator B. This means another nominated candidate can be slotted under Senator B.
4. You will not be notified if you are 3Q, even if you have received a nomination. You can likely assume you are 3Q if you have good CFA scores, a good academic history, and you've passed the DoDMERB exam, but there's really no way to know for sure if you are 3Q until you have an appointment in your hand. As far as I know, not being 3Q will disqualify you from being considered for an appointment, unless it's a DoDMERB related issue, in which case, you can apply for a medical waiver. Additionally, while they may know if you are or aren't, your BGO and Regional Admissions Counselor WILL NOT tell you if you're 3Q.