I was talking with my sister the other day, and she commented that she got an email from USCGA advising her that she had been used as a reference for a USCGA applicant. She was surprised, because the candidate had not even told her to expect the email, and also because she thought that she would be the last person he would ask to be a reference. I'm a USNA BGO, so I know that USNA specifically asks for an evaluation from junior year math and english teachers, so the candidate doesn't get to chose the teacher. Is this true for USCGA as well ? As an aside, Sister also commented that she had heard that USCGA didn't need congressional nominations ... is that correct ?