Beginning in May of 2018, every slot became mandatory. If 13 students pass, there's 13 slots to choose from.The list is long....I look at it everytime the students receive it. There are a number of mandatory slots based on class pass size.....the highest scoring student can pick off the list...if they pick one of the mandatory's, that is one less bad choice for someone else....if no one picks the mandatory slots....the lowest scores are put in them....one at a time. Some students know where they are going before the list comes out. Pre-selected as it were. And there is apparently a new policy, spousal students of current air traffic controllers get spousal placement....to be in the same locales...last 2 clases had 2 of those
The spouse placements are nothing new, they've been happening for a few years now at least.