One more question, is there such a thing as a Nomination that is more qualified or better to have?
I take it your son is JROTC, thus it is another nom...this is how kids can end up with 5 noms...3 for MOC, 1 pres. 1 ROTC. However, to win the appt. you must still be the top of the list in the WCS. I do believe I recall Florida tries to spread the wealth, so for your DS the JROTC nom is a bonus. It doesn't mean that if he gets all 5 he is in it just allows the SA to get him through a different appt. Remember ROTC noms compete against ea other, just like Presidential, it is the entire pool and they can only nom so many by law. Just make the packet the strongest he can. Have every square filled that is possible, such as Eagle Scout, NHS, Student Council, Sports, a job, volunteer work, great GPA and SAT scores, max CFA points, with a glowing rec from his BGO. That should make him the guy with the highest WCS.
I have never heard someone say they got in b/c of the source...they get in b/c they have the highest WCS for that list.
It seems like it is confusing, but in the end it is just a mathematical equation...get used to it, when your son goes up for an O-4 board, everyone is scored numerically, they figure out the number available to promote and draw the line there! Above the number your promoted below, you're not.
how competitive are Georgia nominations?
Re: Most competitive states for nominations
I feel for you, Maximus. While my son was sweating it out, I was secretly
computing all sorts of odds (mostly based on inaccurate rumors and faulty
assumptions), preparing for his heartbreak.
One thing I've concluded since: Your congressional district seems to matter
as much as (more than?) your state. At the risk of inviting anti-San Francisco
chatter, I suspect nom's are more accessible in my part of CA than, say,
San Diego or other areas w/ a large military presence. My son got a nom
out of high school when USNA selected him for NAPS -- if there'd been a
long list of stellar direct-admit candidates ahead of him, wouldn't they have
used up his MOC's nom's?
All anyone can do is give this his/her best shot. All my USNA math came
up w/ a "no" (though it did keep me out of son's hair and off the streets).
Navy saw it differently. Son excelled @ NAPS, and after plebe year, his
OOM puts him in the top 15% of the class. And his own mother couldn't
imagine how he'd get in.
Some of this seems to be known only to USNA and/or written in the stars.
Maximus, is the NJROTC unit your son's in a Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors? It needs to be one of those units in order to get one of these nominations.