By "it", I mean an appointment for DS. I'm just curious what the possible obstacles may be to DS receiving an appointment. We live in a highly competitive area (this is based on what's written all over these forums, what we were told when visiting USNA, and what the senator's office told us). DS received a nom from one of our senators. In our area, the senators and representative compare notes on noms so no student receives more than one. This is written in their literature, which we have received, so it's not just an urban legend. If DS has a nom, is medically qualified, academically qualified, has leadership out the wazoo...what could prohibit an appointment? This is just a theoretical question. DH and I were discussing the matter, and we both wondered. Thanks!