Service Academy Nominations
Thank you for your interest in the U.S. Service Academies. Each year, I have the privilege of nominating students to attend our nation's service academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.
How to Apply
We are now accepting applications for Service Academy Nominations for 2022. *Note: Due to teleworking, applications sent by USPS mail are strongly preferred in lieu of certified mail (UPS, FedEx.) We appreciate your understanding.
** 2022 Service Academy Nomination Application Form - Applicants must submit an electronic version and a hard copy version of their application to our office *AND* all supporting documents.**
Key Dates (2022)
Information Night: September 2022 (Date and time to be announced)
Nomination Application Deadline: Monday, October 31, 2022, at 4:00 P.M.
*Note: Due to teleworking, applications sent by USPS mail are strongly preferred in lieu of certified mail (UPS, FedEx.)
Academy Selection Board Interview: Early December 2022
Nominations Announced: Late December 2022/January 2023
Offers of Appointments from Academies: Beginning in February 2023
Class of 2025 Enters Academies: July 2023
Applicants must submit an electronic version and a hard copy version of their application to our office. Electronic copies of your application with all supporting documents can be sent to email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org. Hard copies can be mailed or dropped off at our district office located at 4350 Executive Drive, Suite 105, San Diego, 92121.
If you have questions, please call my San Diego office at 858-455-5550. Original and completed application packets must arrive at our office no later than 4:00 P.M. on Monday, October 31, 2022. Postmarked applications will be accepted.
Additional requirements and information for applicants:
All documents should be printed one-sided (no double-sided printing)
Do not use staples (paperclips or binder clips are preferred)
If you are submitting a handwritten application, please use black ink pen and write clearly.
Please include your first/last name, residential zip code, and the name of your high school on the folder or binder used to hold your application.
We will send email confirmation when we have received your electronic copy and hard copy applications
If any materials or information are missing from an application, we will contact applicants via email. Applicants will then have two weeks to provide the missing information requested. If staff does not receive the requested information within the two-week grace period, applications may be subject to disqualification.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a nomination?
Members of Congress may nominate applicants who meet the eligibility requirements established by law. A candidate may seek a nomination from the following:
- A member of the U.S. House of Representatives who represents the congressional district in which the candidate resides
- Both U.S. Senators from his or her state
- Apply directly to the Vice-President of the United States
What are the basic eligibility requirements?
Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st of the year of admission to an academy:
- Age: Be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday
- Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen
- Marital Status: Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents
- Residence: Must reside within the boundaries of the 52nd Congressional District of California
- Skill / Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy
What must be included in my application?
A complete nomination file consists of the following items:
- Current photo
- High school transcript
- American College Testing Program (ACT) results and/or College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) results
- Resume of extracurricular activities
- An essay stating why you want to attend a service academy (500 words or less)
- Two letters of recommendation
When can I apply for a nomination?
Applications open in the spring for candidates who are high school juniors and will be seniors the following school year, or who have already graduated.
What happens after I have completed my nomination file?
Applicants who submit a completed nomination file by the deadline will be scheduled for an interview in early December. Applicants will be notified of their interview date in mid-November.
What criteria are used in selecting candidates?
Nominations are based on a "whole person" evaluation. Factors such as academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character, and motivation are taken into consideration and compared with other applicants.
How many academies are there?
There are five service academies.
- U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York
- U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland
- U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs
- U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York
- U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut
Are the requirements the same for all of the service academies?
No. Although many of the qualifications are similar, each academy operates under its own admissions guidelines. Visit the official websites for each academy's particular admissions qualifications. It is not necessary to seek a nomination to the Coast Guard Academy, as the U.S.C.G.A. accepts candidates based on their own testing criteria.
Who should I ask to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf?
Some of the people applicants typically seek recommendations from include:
- Scout Leaders
I do not require a specific recommendation form. A letter of recommendation is sufficient.
When will applicants be notified of the results of their nomination?
Applicants will be notified by early January 2020.
Will I automatically be selected by the academy after I receive a nomination?
No. You will be placed among a select group of nominees, and the academy of your choice will make the final decision. If selected, you will receive an offer of admission (an appointment) directly from the academy.
What if I choose more than one academy? Will I be limited to a single nomination?
No. You can be nominated to multiple academies depending on how well you have competed among this year's pool of candidates. It is also possible to win multiple appointments.
When will I know if I have been offered an appointment to an academy?
Academies will begin to notify candidates of their admission status in February. All offers of appointment are generally sent out by May.
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