Military Academy Nominations - FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions for those seeking a Military Academy nomination. To fill out a Military Academy Nominations Form please click here

What is a nomination?

Members of Congress may nominate applicants who meet the eligibility requirements established by law. A candidate may seek a nomination from the following:

  • A member of the U.S. House of Representatives who represents the congressional district in which the candidate resides
  • Both U.S. Senators from his or her state
  • Apply directly to the Vice-President of the United States

What are the basic eligibility requirements?

Each applicant for a nomination 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
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Marital Status: Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents
  • Residence: Must reside within the boundaries of the 14th Congressional District of New York.
  • Skill / Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy.

When do I apply for a nomination from Congressman Crowley?

My nomination application period opens May 15th of each year for those candidates who are high school juniors and will be seniors the following school year, or who have already graduated.

What is the first step in the nomination process?

First and foremost, an applicant must first initiate the application process with the academy of his/her choosing before being considered for a nomination. The completion of the application process with the academy is the applicant’s sole responsibility.  My office is not responsible for any application directly with the academy that is incomplete or insufficient. If you have any questions about the initial application process with the academy, please reach out to the academy’s admissions office as soon as possible.

What is the process and deadline for completing a nomination file?

Once you initiate the application with the academy, there are three steps you must take to be considered for a nomination from my office:

  1. You must complete the initial online nomination form from my website and submit this to my Queens District office by October 1, 2017.  You may submit this initial form via fax at 718-505-0156, via mail or in person. Address the form to Rep. Joseph Crowley, 82-11 37th Avenue, Suite 402, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 and write "Nomination form" on the envelope.
  2. Once we receive the initial nomination form, you will then receive the official nomination packet from my office in the mail by the first week of November.  Please submit this official nomination packet (along with all transcripts, letters of recommendations, etc.) back to our Queens District Office no later than Friday, December 1, 2017 at 3 pm.  Once again, you may mail the nomination packet, fax it or deliver it in person.  Nomination packets received after December 1, 2017 at 3 pm will not be considered.
  3. Applicants who submit a completed nomination packet will be scheduled for an interview in early December. 

What must be included in my nomination file?

A complete nomination file consists of the following items:

  • High school transcript
  • American College Testing Program (ACT) and/ or College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) results
  • Resume of extracurricular activities
  • An essay stating why you want to attend a service academy (500 words or less)
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation (at least one letter MUST be from a teacher or guidance counselor).

Can I apply to more than one academy?

Yes.  However if you apply to more than one academy please be sure to indicate on the nomination file from my office your first preference.

Will I be limited to a single nomination if I apply to more than one academy?

No. You can be nominated to multiple academies depending on how well you have competed among this year's pool of candidates. It is also possible to win multiple appointments.

What criteria is used in selecting candidates?

Nominations are based on a "whole person" evaluation. Factors such as academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character and motivation are taken into consideration and compared with other applicants.

How many academies are there?

There are five service academies.

Three reside within the Department of Defense:

Two reside within the Department of Transportation:

Are the requirements the same for all of the service academies?

No. Although many of the qualifications are similar, each academy operates under its own admissions guidelines. Visit the academy of your choice via the websites noted for each academy's particular admissions qualifications. It is not necessary to seek a nomination to the Coast Guard Academy, as the U.S.C.G.A. accepts candidates based on their own testing criteria.

Who should I ask to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf?

Some of the people applicants typically seek recommendations from include:

  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Employers
  • Coaches
  • Clergy
  • Scout Leaders

I do not require a specific recommendation form. A letter of recommendation is sufficient.

Will I automatically be selected by the academy after I receive a nomination?

No. You will be placed among a select group of nominees, and the academy of your choice will make the final decision. If selected, you will receive an offer of admission (an appointment) directly from the academy.

When will I know if I have been offered an appointment by an academy?

Academies will begin to notify candidates of their admission status in February. All offers of appointment are generally sent out by May.

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Please contact my office at (718) 779-1400 or email Ricky.Chawla@mail.house.gov for more information about the nomination process.