Service Academy Nomination

Thank you for your interest in being nominated to a U.S. service academy!

The deadline to apply for my nomination is October 23.


As your senator I am honored to select outstanding New York residents for nomination to the following service academies: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require congressional nominations.

Students who are selected receive a free undergraduate degree from one of the most prestigious colleges in the nation – service academies are tuition-free and include full room and board. After graduation, students receive a commission as an officer. Please note that by accepting an appointment to a service academy you will be committed to at least five years of service after graduation.

I encourage you to also seek nomination from Senator Schumer, your congressmember in the House of Representatives, or other possible nomination sources, such as the Office of the President and Vice President, and the Secretary of the Army, Navy, or Air Force. If you receive a nomination from one of these other sources, please let my office know immediately.

If you have any questions about the nomination process please call my New York City office at (212) 688-6262.


To be considered for a nomination, you must be:

  1. Age: at least 17 years old, but not yet 23 (25 for the Merchant Marine Academy) by July 1st of the year of admission.
  2. Citizenship: a U.S. citizen, and a permanent resident of New York State.
  3. Marital Status: unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

Before Applying

Please contact your academy or academies of choice to find out what paperwork or testing is required: 

Army: (845) 938-4011

Navy: (410) 293-1000

Air Force: (719) 333-2520

Merchant Marines: (516) 726-5800

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination. Applications can be made directly to the Academy.

The Selection Process

Applicants will be evaluated on a number of factors including academic performance, intelligence, leadership ability, moral character, extracurricular activities, and motivation to serve.

Interviews by my Academy Selection Committee will be conducted in November or December. Candidates will be informed whether or not they will be receiving a nomination by phone.


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.