Service Academy Nominations - FAQ

Frequently asked questions for those seeking a Service Academy nomination. You may also fill out a Service Academy Nominations Form.

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 between the ages of 17 and 22 (or ages 17 and 24 for the Merchant Marine Academy) as of July 1 of the year the applicant would enter the academy. 
  • 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 4th Congressional District of Minnesota.
  • Skill / Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy.

Who do I contact with questions regarding an application?

Contact the Service Academy Coordinator, Connie Haddeland, with your questions at (651) 224-9191 or by email at: .

What is the deadline for completing a nomination file?

Completed nomination packets must be submitted to the district office by Monday, November 7, 2016.

What must be included in my nomination file?

A complete nomination file consists of the following items:

  • The application form
  • Current photo
  • High school transcript (sealed); and if applicable, preparatory school or college grades – provided by the academic institution
  • 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
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation

What happens after I have completed my nomination file?

Applicants who submit a completed nomination file will be scheduled for an interview on a date to be determined.

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. A nomination is not required for the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Will a nomination ensure admission (appointment) to an academy?

No. Individuals will be placed among a select group of nominees, and the academy will make the final decision. If selected, an individual will receive an offer of admission (an appointment) made directly by the academy. 

What if I apply to more than one academy? Will I be limited to a single nomination?

No. An individual may be nominated to multiple academies depending upon the competition among the year's pool of candidates.  It is also possible to receive multiple appointments.

When will an applicant know if they have been offered an appointment?

Academies admit under a rolling admissions process; once nominations are received, offers of admission may be granted.