Vice Presidential nomination

<p>Hello everyone! I have been reading and learning for a long time, now I have a question. My S rec'd a VP nom to WP on April 14 and is currently on NWL. Does VP nom work like the MOC noms? Any difference? Trying not to get our hopes up...back-up plan in the works. Thank you!!!</p>

<p>Welcome, and congratulations to your son for receiving a VP nomination.</p>

<p>The Vice President is authorized to nominate individuals to the United States Military Academy. He is the only authorized nominating authority who can nominate U.S. citizens without
geographical restrictions. He may have a maximum number of five nominees in attendance at each authorized academy at any one time. Normally, he has one or two vacancies each year.</p>

<p>The class is composed of around 1300 cadets. Congressional and service connected nominations account for around 841 cadetships. </p>

<p>If your son has been placed on the NWL, he will compete from there for a cadetship. Candidates are rank ordered on the NWL by whole candidate score.<br>
By federal law, the top 150 candidates on the NWL are offered appointments. USMA is authorized to fill the rest of the class without regard to WCS but must maintain a congressional to service connected nomination ratio of 3:1. </p>

<p>Good luck to your son!</p>

<p>Ann,</p>

<p>My understanding of the Naval Academy is after the initial kids get offered appointments then the rest of the class is offered appointments based on their WCS. After all the appointments are made then some students will be put on a wait list which is unranked.</p>

<p>It seems USMA handles things differently. Could you explain in more detail about, "Congressional and service connected nominations account for around 841 cadetships...USMA is authorized to fill the rest of the class without regard to WCS but must maintain a congressional to service connected nomination ratio of 3:1."? </p>

<p>Thanks.</p>

<p>Under title X, U.S. Code USMA must admit 150 candidates from the National Waiting list by Whole Candidate Score. Any candidate that does not win an appointment through his/her Congressional source (competitive method, principal methods) and is fully qualified with a nomination is put on the National Waiting List (which is rank ordered). </p>

<p>I am not sure what part of my statement you are questioning?
If you are asking where the 841 number comes from.
Congressional: There are <em>usually</em> 100 senate seats, 435 House of Representative seats, 1 VP seat, 5 Special Nomination Vacancies (1 Virgin Islands, 1 Guam, 1 Puerto Rico, 1 Samoa, 1 DC = 541
Service connected: 100 Presidential, 20 ROTC, 10 sons/daughters of Disabled Vets, 85 Enlisted soldiers of Reserve Components, 85 Enlisted soldiers of Regular Army (not always filled) = 300</p>

<p>Does this answer your question? </p>

<p>Clearly, from your statement, USNA does things differently....</p>

<p>"Any candidate that does not win an appointment through his/her Congressional source "</p>

<p>That should read: "Any candidate that does not win an appointment through his/her Congressional source, or through a service connected nomination, and is fully qualified with a nomination is put on the National Waiting List (which is rank ordered)."</p>

<p>Thanks Ann. What had caught my eye was "USMA is authorized to fill the rest of the class without regard to WCS " which is what had surprised me. Seems as though there is more latitude in selecting the appointees.</p>

<p>Yes, being able to appoint the rest of the class without regard for WCS allows USMA to meet its diversity aims for a class that includes a mix of scholars, athletes, leaders, women, soldiers, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and other minorities.</p>

<p>Every candidate has to be fully qualified and must have a nomination, but not every appointment is based on WCS.</p>

<p>How does USNA achieve its diversity goals?</p>

<p>Good question. Someone more knowledgeable than me would have to answer that question. I'm a relative newby...began researching this past September when my daughter announced that she was interested in Service Academies. She has been invited to SLS and NASS this year and will be applying this upcoming year.</p>