The deadline to submit an application seeking a nomination to one of the United States service academies has passed.
As some of the most selective institutions of higher learning in the world, the United States service academies offer young people a unique opportunity to obtain a first class education and subsequently serve our country upon graduation as commissioned officers in the United States Military. The President of the United States officially makes all appointments to the United States service academies. However, each member of Congress is allotted a limited number of nominations, which they may submit for consideration of an appointment (by the academy) to fill vacancies at each academy. Because securing a nomination does not guarantee an appointment or an offer of admission, the entire process is highly competitive. Currently each United States Senator is permitted to have a total of five vacancies charged to his or her office at each academy. You are therefore encouraged to apply for as many nominations as you may be eligible, including (but not limited to) your local congressional representative and the Vice-President of the United States
You are to be commended on your interest in serving our country by seeking a nomination to one of the United States service academies. I encourage you to contact my New York City office at (212) 688-6262 should you have any questions about this process.
The Application Process
How does it work?
As stated earlier, members of Congress may nominate a limited number of candidates to the United States Military, Naval, and Air Force academies each year. Members may only nominate applicants who meet the eligibility requirements as established by law. Additionally, Senators and Representatives from each state may collectively nominate a certain number of candidates to the Merchant Marine Academy.
Admission to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy is no longer predicated upon receiving a nomination from a United States Senator. Applications must therefore be made directly to the Academy.
In addition to submitting the application to my New York City office, you must also remember to complete and submit the requisite admissions application to your academy or academies of choice. It is your responsibility to ensure that the institutions to which you are applying open an admissions file for you. Additionally, it is also your responsibility to make sure that you meet any special criteria required for admission by your academy or academies of choice. For more information you should consult the academy guidebook or contact your high school guidance counselor. You may also find out more information about each of the academies at the telephone numbers and websites listed below.
Air Force: 719-333-2520
Merchant Marines: 1-800-732-6267
Who Is Eligible?
Each applicant for a nomination from my office 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. (25 for the Merchant Marine Academy)
• Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen, and a permanent resident of New York State.
• Marital Status: Be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.
Please note that the acceptance of an appointment to a United States service academy commits an applicant to at least five years of active duty service after graduation.
Prior to applying for a nomination from my office, please contact your academy or academies of choice to request a pre-candidate questionnaire. Once completed and returned, the academy will apprise you of any special physical, medical, or academic requirements particular to their institution. Congressional nominations are utilized by the following academies:
- U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York
- U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York
- U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
*The U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut does not utilize Congressional nominations. However, like her sister academies, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy provides an excellent education in exchange for an active service commitment upon graduation.
Because it is possible to receive a nomination from more than one source and nominations are limited, I request as a matter of courtesy that you inform my office immediately of any other nominations you may receive to a service academy.
To start your application, please click the START APPLICATION button at the bottom of this page. You can also preview the application by clicking on the button. Please note that you may not modify your application once it is submitted. Therefore, be sure to complete every field accurately and thoroughly.
My office will require the following materials in order to evaluate your request for nomination:
- A completed “Service Academy Nomination Application”.
- Essay: In approximately 500 typed words, please explain why you are seeking this nomination, and why you want to be commissioned to one of our service academies.
- Official SAT (score code: 2425) or ACT (score code: 7164). If they are not noted on your official academic transcript, please arrange to have the scores submitted directly to my New York office by November 1. See your guidance counselor for clarification on this
- An official transcript from all high schools, junior colleges, or colleges you have attended. This transcript must show your final junior year grades
- Three letters of recommendation from people who know you well. For high school students, one of these recommendations must be from a mathematics or science teacher. Recommendations from family members are not permitted.
- We do not ask for and do not accept resumes.
All information is submitted online, including transcripts, standardized test scores and letters of recommendation. However, in addition to submitting your standardized scores online, please also have official test scores sent directly to my New York City office - SAT (score code: 2425) or ACT (score code: 7164).
Once you have submitted your online application, you will receive instructions on how to attach and send the supplemental materials required to complete the application.
If you are unable to complete the application online, please contact my New York City office. See below for contact information:
Office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand
780 Third Avenue - Suite 2601
New York, New York 10017
ATTN: Academy Coordinator
Your application and all additional materials must be submitted by November 12th (this is not a postmark date). If an applicant’s application and required materials are not received by November 12th, the applicant cannot be considered for a nomination. Applicants should reach out to their schools and recommenders to confirm that all materials have been sent. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to follow up with my New York City office at 212-688-6262.
Due to the volume of applications that must be processed, extensions beyond this deadline are not possible. If an applicant's application and required materials are not received by November 1st, the applicant cannot be considered for a nomination. I encourage you to follow up with my office at 212-688-6262 in order to confirm our receipt of your completed application.
The Selection Process
Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of academic performance, intelligence, leadership ability, moral character, adequacy of preparation, and commitment to attend a service academy. You may be contacted for an interview that will be conducted at a place and time to be determined. Interviews by my Academy Selection Committee shall be conducted in November, December or January. Candidates will be informed whether or not they will be receiving a nomination by mail.
Please follow this link to find a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call my New York City office at 212-688-6262