Appointment updates

<p>I recieved one nomination, but it was an alternate. Will the academy send me updates of where I stand if/when people decline their appointments? Or will they not say anything until the appointment is either taken or it's offered to me?</p>

<p>How did you know you were the alternate? Have you heard anything from WP admissions office?</p>

<p>maybe hes assuming hes alternate because he didnt get a principle nomination?</p>

<p>The office of my congressman sent me a letter saying that I was "nominated as a competitive alternate." So I wouldn't be offered an appointment right away, I knew that. But I could have sworn I heard somewhere that I'd be updated every once in a while on where I stand in the appointment situation. I also recieved a letter saying I was academically and physically qualified, and I recieved a letter from DoDMERB saying I am 100% medically qualified.</p>

<p>You can ask your Admissions Officer at USMA where you stand in relationship to others in your Congressional District. They are now your gatekeeper to the academy. Depending on your WCS (whole candidate score) you may be in line to replace the primary candidate if he/she declines or does not receive an appointment for some reason. Otherwise you may be placed on the NWL (national wait list). The Admissions Office can also advise you on the possibility of this and your potential chances. Remember that they are dealing with many in your situation and you may not like what you hear. Good luck and have a Plan B.</p>

<p>This is my plan B. And to be honest, I think WP is my third choice school(behind Navy{Plan A} and Michigan), and I've already gotten into some good schools. I was surprised to get a nomination, and there were times when I debated withdrawing my application because I thought what would the point be of applying to a school I probably wouldn't get in to.</p>

<p>One thing I like about applying to WP is their complete honesty. THey told me what they like about my application, and what could keep me out. Other schools will just read your application and give a decision, but won't really volunteer information until they make a decision. I won't be surprised nor upset if I don't get the appointment.</p>

<p>I recieved nomination from both my congressman and one of my senators. The funny thing is that neither of the letters I recieved said anything about being a principle or an alternate. So I am not really sure what the deal is with my application, which kind of sucks cuz I'm stuck searching through the mail everday. I think it would be a lot better if USMA just gave a date that letters would be recieved, but instead I end up stalking my mailman.</p>

<p>That was the same with my daughter Landsy-the letter did not indicate primary or alternate-but since she was placed on NWL (letter dated 2/15/06), we can assume alternate. Good luck to you!</p>

<p>Stalking the mailmail should be officially listed on the USMA web site as one of the steps towards acceptance. ;-)</p>

<p>Extra points if you can do it without being seen. Hooah!</p>

<p>Well the good news is that I got a call from my Senator's office yesterday. They said that my acceptance letter was in the mail. Hooah</p>

<p>Congrats! Hooah! You must be bouncing off the walls!</p>

<p>I thought the Congressmen/Senators only nominated applicants and that the academy made the decision of which one of the ten nominees to appoint. </p>

<p>Anybody know how often people turn down appointments? I was nominated, but not the primary nomination, so I need the people above me to decline their appointment.</p>

<p>i think the congresspeople have the power to name their principle candidate and have them pretty much guarenteed to get in... but if that person declines the appointment, i think the academy takes over?</p>

<p>The academy "prefers" nominations to be submitted as "competitive" and unranked, allowing them to make the choice of who gets an appointment. Not every MOC does it this way but as I understand it, the majority of them do. The less desirable method from the academy's standpoint is to submit a primary nomination and then a ranked list of alternates because from their perspective there may be (but not always) other more qualified candidates on the slate than the primary. If the primary is qualified they have to offer them the appointment.</p>

<p>My son received the phone call saying the appointment package is on the way. For those trying to get past the DODMERB door, please keep fighting the fight. We had to work the initial disqualification from Sept until Feb. Keep the focus, the faith, and a good back up plan.</p>

<p>Congratulations, rasdad's son. I know just how painful the DODMERB process can be (asthma), and you showed determination.</p>

<p>As do I, they wanted hospital records for when I had necrotizing fasciitis (sp?). The problem is that that was 12 years ago. So the hospital had to dig through records that were not even on their new computer system. Although in the end it all worked out, talk about a pain in the butt.</p>

<p>if a MOC lists a principle nominee, does that mean they have the rest of the list ranked or can they just pick a principle and then have the rest be competitive?</p>

<p>I believe all other candidates that are not principal nominees go into a candidate pool, and are then ranked with all other candidates who did not get principal nominations.</p>