Service Academy Nomination

Service Academy Nomination

Service Academy Nomination

Members of Congress are authorized by law to nominate candidates for appointment to four U.S. service academies. These schools are the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.

These institutions prepare college-age Americans to be officers of the U.S. uniformed services. Upon graduation, service academy graduates are commissioned as officers in the active or reserve components of the military or merchant marine for a minimum of five years.

Although it is an essential component of the appointment process, a congressional nomination does not guarantee an individual’s admission or appointment to a service academy. In addition to securing a nomination, a candidate must also submit an application packet and fulfill other service academy requirements. Even when a candidate meets all these requirements and is deemed to be qualified for admission, he or she may not receive an official appointment, due to the limited number of spaces available at each service academy.

Although congressional offices provide most of the nominations to the DOD service academies each year, other nomination authorities exist, including:

-All qualified nominees not selected for appointment through the congressional nomination process are considered qualified alternates for the purposes of selection by the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force and the academy superintendents to their respective academies.

-Applicants requesting congressional nominations are also eligible for nominations from the Vice President. For more information please visit the White House website.

-The governor of Puerto Rico may also nominate a candidate to each academy who is a native of Puerto Rico.

-The President makes nominations for children of career military personnel and can appoint an unlimited number for children of Medal of Honor recipients.

-The superintendents of the academies are also granted the authority to make a limited number of nominations for appointments each year, as well as the ability to nominate additional qualified candidates for the purposes of filling the class.

For more information on each academy and the process for application, please visit the academy sites.

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Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country.