To be considered for an appointment to a U. S. Service Academy, an applicant must meet the eligibility requirements established by law and be nominated from an authorized person including a Member of the United States Senate or the House of Representatives. I may nominate applicants who are legally domiciled within the boundaries of the First Congressional District of Georgia. Those qualified candidates with GPAs of 3.5 or higher and SAT scores of 1500 or higher will be offered the opportunity for an interview with my Academy Board.
Who Is Eligible?
An applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1 of the year of admission to a U. S. Service Academy. He or she must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday, must be a United States citizen, and must be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.
Applying To My Office For A Congressional Nomination
Students may start filling out the Congressional Nomination form as early as May 1 of their junior year in high school. The deadline to return completed applications to my office is October 1. Please note that it is extremely important that the student begin the application process with the academies themselves.
There are five Service Academies: The United States Air Force (USAFA), United States Naval (USNA), United States Military (USMA), United States Merchant Marine (USMMA), and United States Coast Guard (USCGA) Academies. Nominations are required for all but the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, to which appointments are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition.
As far as the USAFA, USNA, and USMA are concerned, there are various nomination authorities, with each eligible young person being able to apply to both United States Senators from the applicant's state, his or her United States Representative, and the Vice President (if very highly qualified). The other nomination categories are military-affiliated.
The Academies take into consideration a nominee's academic record, extracurricular and athletic activities, physical aptitude, ACT and/or SAT scores, leadership ability, and medical qualifications. Such facets of an applicant's record are also considered during the nomination selection process. No person will be offered admission if he or she does not meet the physical standards of the Academy unless awarded a medical waiver.
As competition for nomination and appointment is very keen, it is wise for all interested persons to apply through all sources for which they are eligible and for all Academies in which they have a real interest. An individual may be nominated by more than one nominating authority and/or to more than one Academy.
Anyone who wants to apply for a nomination should contact Brooke Childers in my Savannah office at (912) 352-0101 or via email. Below is the contact information for each U.S. Service Academy.
United States Military Academy
606 Thayer Road
West Point, NY 10996-1797
United States Air Force Academy
2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 2400
USAF Academy, CO 80840
United States Naval Academy
USNA Admissions Office
117 Decatur Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5019
United States Merchant Marine Academy
300 Steamboat Road
Kings Point, NY 11024-1699
United States Coast Guard Academy
31 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4195