All depends. I'd say the earliest LOAs are sent out in October.. The actual letter comes through the mail, but you may or may not be notified from your congressman or ALO. Some call, some don't. It all just depends on what they decide.. Keep in mind that VERY few LOAs are given out period, somewhere in the range of 200-400, and that includes from October til like march. You'll have to have everything done but your nomination and DoDMERB to even be considered.. So, the earlier the better!
Should have read early threads and would have found about about the timing. However, I appreciate your responses about how a candidate would find out.
So far, we have found out things - first posted on the website (before letters came for candidate package). For Summer Seminar, our ALO called the house and let us know before the official letter came.
We are all completed with candidate package but one math teacher evaluation that had some problem with the email evaluation. That should be completed and faxed up manually this week. DODMERB is qualified and checked off.
Now on to nominations - which should not be hard since most of that info is already someone on the AFA candidate package.
Our senator deadlines are not until Oct. 15 & 17 and representative is not until Nov. 15. All said it did not matter if you got their paperwork in early - they still would not start meeting to discuss candidates until after those deadlines. I wish there was better coordination between what AFA needs and what MOC needs. So much duplication. We now MOC evaluations for teachers, coaches, ministers to fill out again that are almost identical to the ones they already filled out for the AFA.
A little off topic but.... Will a letter of recommendation from a Major General probably help with getting a nomination from a MOC? I'm going to have a meeting with the Adjutant General of the MN Army/Air National Guard near the end of the month. Will that add a little weight to my nom. request?
Just to clarify, I'm not asking if something like that will automatically get me a nomination. I'm just wondering if they deem me as a qualified candidate for a nomination and there are a bunch of other qualified applicants too on the same level as me, would it help to "seal the deal"?
starvin, while I don't think it would hurt your chances, I think most of the MOC's want to see YOUR accomplishments, YOUR character. I could be wrong though. If it is between you and a similarly qualified applicant, such a letter might tip the scale in your favor - who knows?
For our area, these decisions were made by committee, not necessarily by the MOC himself.