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Military Academy Nominations - FAQ

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: All applicants must be at least 17 years of age and not yet age 22 on July 1st of the year of admission.
  • Candidates must qualify medically and academically, pass a physical aptitude test, and obtain a nomination from a source authorized by Congress. Please include results in application.  
  • All candidates should complete and submit a Pre-Candidate Questionnaire found at https://bourdeaux.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations
  • Each candidate must take either the SAT or ACT and submit a copy of scores to the office by October 29th of their senior year.
  • 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 7th Congressional District of Georgia.

A full list of requirements can be found here. 

Who do I contact to request an application?

Contact the office to request a nomination packet.

When do I apply for a nomination?

The nomination application period opens May 15th of each year for those candidates who are high school juniors and will be seniors the following school year, or who have already graduated.

What is the deadline for completing a nomination file?

The deadline for submitting a nomination packet to the District Office is normally mid-October. In 2021, the deadline to submit is October 29th. Please contact the office for more specifics.

What must be included in my nomination file?

A complete nomination file consists of the following items:

  • Current, color 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 (250 words or less)
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation: one (1) from their high school counselor or principal; one (1) from a teacher under whom they studied; and one (1) from another adult who is not a relative

A full list of application materials can be found here. 

Where do I submit my application?

Please submit all materials electronically at the same time, in a single document, to vesna.kurspahic@mail.house.gov. The document should be named in the format of the candidate’s Last Name_First Name. Test scores may be sent separately.

What happens after I have completed my nomination file?

Applicants who submit a completed nomination file will be scheduled for an interview in late October or early November.

What criteria is 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.

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 academy of your choice via the websites noted 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:

  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Employers
  • Coaches
  • Clergy
  • Scout Leaders

A specific recommendation form is not required. A letter of recommendation is sufficient.

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 by 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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