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Vice Presidential Nominations

MissouriDadMissouriDad Posts: 17Registered User New Member
edited July 2008 in Naval Academy - Annapolis
I must admit that both my daughter and myself are confused even after looking at the website regarding VP Nominations. http://www.whitehouse.gov/vicepresident/2008_Academies_Application.pdf

Does the initial letter (per the form letter shown) actually get mailed to the VP or does it simply go to Admissions?

It then appears that no documentation is required unless it is requested by the Academy since they do the screening for the VP anyway?

Any guidance gratefully appreciated.
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  • navy2010navy2010 Posts: 3,607Registered User Senior Member
    It is my understanding the VP letter goes directly to the Academy and will be determined at that level.

    The request for the VP nomination is the submission of the letter that is on-line...nothing else need be added or included. The mistake some candidates make is to not apply for the VP nom at all.

    Hope this helps.
  • SemperExcelsiusSemperExcelsius Posts: 238Registered User Junior Member
    MissouriDad: Use this application instead if your daughter is applying for the class of 2013 entering in 2009 - http://www.whitehouse.gov/vicepresident/2009_Academies_Application.pdf

    navy2010: Apologies for stealing your thunder but the letter goes directly to the VP office. I'm certain of this.

    You send in the very basic info that they ask for and a letter to the office of the VP, as mentioned in the app. And no other information other than what they ask for is required. After about 2-3 weeks you should get a letter in the mail from the office of the VP stating that you are now competing for a Vice Presidential nomination.

    I'm assuming that since you posted this question on the USNA forum your daughter is applying to USNA. They will also send you a confirmation letter stating that, "the Naval Academy has been notified that you have requested a Vice Presidential nomination." The letter also has more info on how they will process your VP nomination request.

    Hope this helps!
  • navy2010navy2010 Posts: 3,607Registered User Senior Member
    navy2010: Apologies for stealing your thunder but the letter goes directly to the VP office. I'm certain of this.

    no apology necessary......

    All I can say is that we were told by the admissions folks that the requests for VP noms are sent to the admissions office (perhaps via the VP office???).... and that it is the admissions board that determines how they are distributed. Quite honestly, it came as a surprise to me.
  • GotamidinGotamidin Posts: 52Registered User Junior Member
    Just my opinion, you I guess should apply to all sources for nominations, but is is a REALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL, long shot to get the one or two VP Noms that come out a year. Frankly, I would think it a waste of time. The MUCH better course is to be working your Congressional Representative, First, and State Senators second. Congressional nominations are the least competitive, before someone here jumps me, that does not me they are not competitive, they are just the "least" competitive, Senatorial nominations are more competitive since most Senators have a crew of folks in all of the Academy's. My opinion.
  • koho123koho123 Posts: 26Registered User New Member
    Sending the letter to the VP shows you that you are taking the process seriously I would argue. Disregarding the VP nom wouldn't be my advice. What happens if at a Sen or Congressman interview they ask why you didn't apply to the VP- there would be no good answer. The VP uses all the items you submit to the academy making it the easiest nom to apply for. No reason why not to, says me.
  • MissouriDadMissouriDad Posts: 17Registered User New Member
    Navy2010 & Semper - Sincere thanks. She is applying for entrance in 2009 (2013) and finishing up this is the last thing she needs to be complete. Really appreciate the replies!

    As far as applying everything she has seen has stated to apply for all possible without exception so that is what she is doing.

    Thanks again.
  • xcpetersenxcpetersen Posts: 126Registered User Junior Member
    i know that when i apply i will apply to all possiable sorces, but ive got a question-
    wich nomination looks better in the eyes of the service academys, meaning that if someone is just about as equil to you in applying but you had a VP nom. and they had a Congressional nom. would you have a bit of advantage over them? -that is if it matters at all.

    sorry, i know my ? may be confusing, but i am just curious. Thanks!
  • SemperExcelsiusSemperExcelsius Posts: 238Registered User Junior Member
    If I'm not mistaken, the service academies use the VP nomination to give a nomination to a candidate that did not receive a nomination from a different source. That is why the academies are notified of your application for a VP nomination.

    So no, I don't think that any nomination "looks better" than another. They don't carry different weights.

    Does that kinda answer your question?
  • USNA69USNA69 Posts: 1,542- Senior Member
    Gotamidin wrote:
    Frankly, I would think it a waste of time.

    Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! A very competitive candidate from a competitive state obtains an LOA. While not competitive enough to make the Senators' lists, he would be a shoo in for a Congressional. The Congressman realizes this and, knowing that the Academy will 'find' a nomination for the LOA candidate, to ensure a second candidate from his district entering the Academy, will leave the LOA off his slate. Guess what? If that candidate has not applied for a VP, he will have no nomination. Now the Academy CGO will have to start 'jumping through hoops' to find this particular candidate a nomination because he, thinking it was a waste of time, did not apply for the VP. It happens every year. Don't be that candidate.

    Yes, VP nomination form letters are sent directly to the Vice President. Any unique supporting documents should be sent to the Academy because they will make the final decision.
  • xcpetersenxcpetersen Posts: 126Registered User Junior Member
    that was perfect SemperExcelsius! Thanks! and good advice too USNA69!!
  • navy2010navy2010 Posts: 3,607Registered User Senior Member
    The admissions office pointed out one case where they wanted to offer an appointment, however the candidate did not have a nom.... and unfortunately did not apply for a VP nom....so was "turned away." They stressed the importance of applying to every available nom source for which you are eligible!
  • itlstallion422itlstallion422 Posts: 344Registered User Member
    Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! A very competitive candidate from a competitive state obtains an LOA. While not competitive enough to make the Senators' lists, he would be a shoo in for a Congressional. The Congressman realizes this and, knowing that the Academy will 'find' a nomination for the LOA candidate, to ensure a second candidate from his district entering the Academy, will leave the LOA off his slate. Guess what? If that candidate has not applied for a VP, he will have no nomination. Now the Academy CGO will have to start 'jumping through hoops' to find this particular candidate a nomination because he, thinking it was a waste of time, did not apply for the VP. It happens every year. Don't be that candidate.

    I had a similar situation. Highly Competitive, recommended by admissions for an LOA, but I had no nomination. I ended up picking up a VP nom at the end of March... In my case their were 8 other mids in my class from the same congressional district as me.
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