So, last week DS did just that, emailed his USNA admissions counselor. He asked her his position on his congressional slate, and she said he's sitting at #4. No further info, such as did #1 accept, are any of the 3 applicants above him waiting on medical waivers, are the other 3 fully qualified, etc. She said she has seen students who are 4th on a slate get appointments. He told her he is very interested in attending NAPS also. She then asked him again to confirm if he was really interested in attending NAPS, to which he replied " yes". So, today, still CPR and we continue to wait...
VERY MISLEADING. All MOC's provide a list #1 - #10 with their nominees names on them. For the VAST MAJORITY of the MOC's and their slates, the ORDER you are on that list, means absolutely NOTHING, NADA, NICS, ZERO. The vast majority of MOC's simply provide a LIST of 10 names, and ALLOW the Academy to CHOOSE who THEY (The Academy) WANTS to get the appointment off of that list. Doesn't matter if you are #1 or #10 on the list. Some MOC's put their list in alphabetical order. Some in random order. So, your son sitting at #4, means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. He is not waiting for #1 - #3 to accept/decline. He is not waiting to see if someone above him is waiting on a waiver to be qualified.
Also: An Admissions Counselor is there to help with your application. Make sure it's complete. Add data if needed. Help answer some questions. Etc. But the Admissions Counselor has NOTHING, NADA, NICS, ZERO to do with someone getting an appointment or not. They have no say so in the least. Your ALO/MALO/BGO has more of a say so than the Admissions Counselor.
Caveat: Most here know I have a caveat for many comments. IF, and this is a BIG IF. Your MOC has 3 ways they can SUBMIT their slate to the academy.
1. One way, is how I previously mentioned. Make a list of 10 names, the order is totally irrelevant, submit it to the academy, and "ALLOWS", yes the word is "ALLOWS" the academy to CHOOSE who gets the appointment. The LAW puts the responsibility of the appointment on the MOC. The MOC has the OPTION of "ALLOWING" the academy to CHOOSE the appointee. This is the norm for MOST MOCs. Why? Maybe they're busy. Maybe they're lazy. Maybe they think the academy know better because they see the ENTIRE PACKAGE much more than the MOC does. Bottom line; the MOC gives 10 names and ALLOWS the academy to choose one.
2. Second way is for the MOC to present their list of ten names in THEIR RANKED ORDER. They rank the nominees #1 through #10 IN ORDER OF APPOINTMENT. This means, that the academy MUST give an appointment to the #1 nominee (PRINCIPAL NOMINATION) IF S/He is 100% qualified. If they aren't, then the academy goes to #2; and so on. There are some rare exceptions to this. E.g. they offer it to #1, all is good, but 1,2, 3 months later, the #1 who received the appointment changes their mind or becomes ineligible and loses the appointment. The academy MAY or MAY NOT have time to go back to that MOC's list and offer the next in line. They might have to just go into the National Pool and fill the slot, and give the MOC 2 slots for the next year. This also applies to #1 above. If the academy chooses the appointee, and later the appointee changes their mind or loses the appointment due to grades, injury, etc, the academy may not have time to go back to the slate. They might have to go to the national pool and give the MOC 2 spots next year. But for this second way, generally, the academy MUST give the appointment to the #1 on the MOC list and work their way down. This is the way it's suppose to be done, but MOST MOC's don't do this. They prefer option 1 above. This option is in the minority.
3. The 3rd way, which is the rarest, is a combination of the first 2. The MOC lists their #1 nominee. AKA - PRINCIPAL NOMINATION. This is the individual that the academy MUST give an appointment to if they are 100% qualified. If they aren't, or if the individual turns it down, instead of going to #2 and working down, the academy can CHOOSE ANYONE remaining on the list. This too is subject to time tables. Like previously stated, if the #1 isn't qualified or waits too long and declines, the academy may not have time to go to the remaining 9 on the slate. They may just go to the national pool and select someone and give the MOC a 2nd slot for next year.
Hope this clarifies a couple things. Mike