Military Academy Nominations - FAQ
Frequently asked questions for those seeking a Military Academy nomination. You may also fill out a Military 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
Each office has its own application process and deadlines. The offices do not share information. You must submit the required application and supporting documentation to each office to which you are applying for a nomination.
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 3rd Congressional District of New York.
- Skill / Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy
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 November 1, 2020. Please Ashley Alfredsen in our Huntington office for more specifics.
What must be included in my nomination file?
A complete nomination file consists of the following items:
- Current photo
- High school transcript and Military Preparatory or College transcript (if applicable)
- American College Testing Program (ACT) results and/or College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) results (Due to COVID-19, we are currently accepting applications without SAT/ACT scores if you have been unable to sit for them yet)
- Resume of extracurricular activities
- An essay stating why you want to attend a service academy (300 words or less)
- Minimum of three letters of recommendation from (a) an academic teacher; (b) a supervisor-coach, employer, guidance counselor, scout leader, etc.; and (c) an acquaintance-someone who knows the applicant but is not a member of the applicant's family.
What happens after I have completed my nomination file?
Applicants who submit a completed nomination file will be scheduled for an interview in late November (date, time, and place TBD).
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 (no Congressional nomination necessary)
Can I meet the representatives of all the Academies?
Yes, Come to our Academy Selection Night in late May 2020 (date, time, and place TBD). Learn from Congressman Tom Suozzi, and the representatives of each of the Academies, on what you need to do to become a successful cadet.
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:
- Scout Leaders
A specific recommendation form is not required. A letter of recommendation is sufficient. It is important to ask those whom you know and that can attest to your character, leadership ability, and suitability to serve as an officer in the military.
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.
What if I attend a Military Preparatory School or College/University?
If you have already graduated high school, we would still need your high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores, in addition to your preparatory school/college transcript. If you are in your first semester and are unable to provide a current transcript, we would need letters from each professor stating how you are doing in that class.
Who do I contact for more information?
Please contact Ashley Alfredsen, Veterans Caseworker, at the Huntington Office, (631) 923-4100. It is the responsibility of the applicant, not the parent, to contact our office with questions.