Darrell Issa | Serving California's 49th District

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Each year my office receives many applications from interested students in the 49th Congressional District. It is encouraging that so many young men and women are eager to serve our nation.

Because a Member of Congress can nominate only ten individuals per year, per available slot to each academy, this process is extremely competitive. Candidates are selected based on scholastic and academic performance, extracurricular and community involvement, and leadership qualities.

Nominations are open to residents of the 49th Congressional District who are at least 17 years old but less than 23 by July 1 of the year of admission. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens, unmarried and with no dependents.

Getting Started

Prior to starting the application process through my office, you must contact your service academy of choice and request that a pre-candidate file be initiated on your behalf. Next, email Sunana Batra at sunana.batra@mail.house.gov, my staff point of contact, to obtain a nomination application packet.

The 2015 Academy Nomination process for the Class of 2020 is now closed.

General Qualifications for Congressional Nomination

  • U.S. Citizenship, or plan to obtain it by high school graduation
  • Official California Residency
  • Age: By July 1 of entering year, at least 17, but no more than 23
  • Marital status: Unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents
  • Academic: Approximately 600 Verbal, 620 Math minimum SAT. Approximately 26 English, 27 Math minimum ACT. The ability to demonstrate strong mathematics skills is preferred
  • Approximately top 20% of class ranking. Approximately 3.2 G.P.A. equivalent or higher. Note: These represent approximates from all academies. Inability to attain the above numbers does not represent automatic disqualification for consideration. Instead, these numbers should be used as a general guideline
  • Must pass academy physical requirements and medical examination
  • Must be of strong moral character

United States Military Academy at Westpoint
The Director of Admissions
United States Military Academy
Building 606, Thayer Road
West Point, NY 10996
Apply online.

United States Air Force Academy 
The Director of Admissions
2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 200
USAF Academy, CO 80840
Apply online.

United States Naval Academy
Admissions Office
117 Decatur Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5019
Apply online.

United States Merchant Marine Academy
Admissions Office
300 Steamboat Road
Kings Point, NY 11024
Apply online.

*Appointments to the United States Coast Guard Academy are determined by a nationwide competition and do not require nominations.