Posted by: Jacqui Murray | October 11, 2011

Get a Congressional Nomination to a Service Academy

If you’re a senior in high school, it’s time to round up a congressional nomination to the service academy of your choice. The Naval Academy, West Point, Merchant Marines and the Air Force Academy all require a nomination from your Congressperson, your Senator and/or the Vice President/President. Only the Coast Guard Academy excuses this step. (Visit www.uscga.edu for more information).seals

Each Congressperson is different, so check your local representative’s website, but they’re similar to this one from Congressman Lungren:

Each year Congressman Lungren is proud to nominate a select group of candidates from the Third Congressional District to be considered for appointment to United States Military Service Academies:

  • U.S. Military Academy

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  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

CANDIDATE CRITERIA:

  • Applicant must live in the 3rd Congressional District
  • Applicant must meet all Academy requirements
  • Applicant must be at least 17 years old, and not have passed 23rd birthday by July 1 of the year of entry to the Military, Naval or Air Force Academies, 25th birthday for the Merchant Marine Academy
  • Applicant must be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents
  • Applicant must be a United States Citizen by Application for Congressional Nomination deadline date.Evaluations are made on the “whole person” model, taking into consideration academic, leadership and physical abilities

Those applying for Congressional Nomination must submit the APPLICATION FOR CONGRESSIONAL NOMINATION (click to download) and the other required documents (see checklist) by Monday November 2, 2009 to:

OFFICE of CONGRESSMAN DAN LUNGREN
2339 GOLD MEADOW WAY, SUITE 220
GOLD RIVER, CA 95670

(Here’s a sample of his checklist)

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All documents must be received as a complete application package. Letters of recommendation and transcripts must be in sealed envelopes inside the larger application. The only part of the application which may be mailed separately is SAT and ACT test scores.

CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS with NOMINATION COMMITTEE

In November, eligible applicants whose files are completed by the deadline date will be notified of the date of their interviews with Congressman Lungren’s Academy Nomination Committee. Interviews will take place in early December.

NOMINATIONS AND APPOINTMENTS

Nominations will be determined using the competitive method, with all nominees submitted unranked to the Academies, allowing equal opportunity for each candidate.

If nominated, you will be notified by February 1, 2010.  Academies will then contact nominees, evaluate each, and then extend final offers of appointment.

If you are offered an appointment to a Military Service Academy, you will be notified by May 2010.

There are usually more applicants than available seats to the Academies. If you are not selected for nomination or appointment, you are encouraged to re-apply the following year. Re-applicants are often selected after an additional year of preparation.  You may also consider enlisted service, from which you may apply to an Academy.

REMINDER

YOU MUST COMPLETE THE APPLICATION PROCESS WITH EACH ACADEMY YOU ARE CONSIDERING ATTENDING.


For questions or to check the status of your file, please contact our Gold River office at (916) 859-9906

If you need a nomination from your Senator, contact either for your state. They too all differ, but are usually due in the same time frame as the Congresspeople. Here’s an example from Sen. Boxer in California:

SERVICE ACADEMY NOMINATIONS

We have started accepting applications for the class entering Summer 2010. Deadline for applications is November 1st 2009.

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Ready to find out how to prepare? Check this two-part series:

How to Prepare for the Congressional Interview–Part I

How to Prepare for the Congressional Interview–Part II



Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member SIGCT, a columnist for Examiner.com, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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  2. Be sure to note that these are all examples. Your Member of Congress may have completely different requirements. All admissions links can be found at http://www.toughestschoolsintheworld.com/
    Good luck!

    • Good point. Thanks for the link.

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