Service Academy Nominations

Service Academy Nominations

It is with great pride and reverence that I uphold my responsibility to provide distinguished young people nominations to our nation’s Service Academies. Admission to a Service Academy is a two-tiered process. First, the candidate must apply through the Academy directly. There are five Service Academies that offer appointments to highly qualified individuals who meet eligibility requirements and are the most competitive in academic performance, physical fitness, medical standards, extracurricular involvement, leadership traits, motivation and aptitude for military service. The second tier in pursuing admission is the Congressional nominations process. An individual must meet the admissions requirements of the Academy as well as receive a nomination in order to be offered an appointment to the Academy. You do not need a Congressional nomination for the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Applicants should direct any questions regarding the admissions process of a particular Academy to that Academy’s admissions office. Information can be obtained through the contact information below:

Application Information FAQ

Yes, absolutely. In order to accept a congressional nomination to any academy, you must have a completed application on file with the corresponding academy. You may receive a nomination to an academy other than your first choice. If you are interested in the opportunity, a completed application to that academy enhances your chance of being offered an appointment.

An appointment to a service academy includes four years at an academy followed with five years of active duty service.

To be eligible, you must be:

  1. An American citizen;
  2. A legal resident of Georgia (or a dependent of military members who are Georgia residents);
  3. Unmarried;
  4. Not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents;
  5. And at least 17 years of age and not yet 23 years old on July 1 of the year you would enter an academy (25 years old for USMMA).

Yes. As long as you meet the guidelines listed above, you are eligible to apply.

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • ACT and/or SAT scores
  • Personal letter to Senator Ossoff noting your reasons for seeking a nomination to an Academy
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One letter of the three must come from a teacher, counselor, or principal. It does not have to be a teacher, counselor, or principal you have right now — it can be someone from a previous school year.

The application window is open from April to October. If you missed this year’s deadline, please contact our Atlanta office for more information.

After you submit your application, if selected, you will be notified by Sen. Ossoff’s office for an interview. Interviews are scheduled and completed by mid-December.

Applicants are notified of a nomination by early January.

No, you should visit each academy website, as well as each congressional office website, to determine their application requirements.

Yes, we recommend applying to your Congressperson in the House of Representatives, as well.

You may also qualify for a nomination through the following offices:

  1. The President, who nominates children of career military personnel, deceased or disabled veterans, military, or civilian personnel in missing status, or Medal of Honor recipients;
  2. The Vice President, who nominates five individuals to each Academy from across the United States per year;
  3. The Secretaries of the Army, Navy, or Air Force, who nominate members of regular military, reserve components, and participants in the ROTC.

No. The Academies will receive a list of nominees from each Senator and Congressional office. The Academy to which you were nominated will select nominees from those lists and offer appointments. If selected, you will receive an offer of admission (an appointment) directly from the Academy.

No. Admission to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a Congressional nomination. You can apply through their website.

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