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Rep. Zeldin Reminds Applicants about Upcoming Deadline to Apply for Congressional Nomination to a Military Service Academy

September 14, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) today issued a reminder for applicants seeking a Congressional nomination to a Military Service Academy that the deadline to submit the completed application is Friday, September 29, 2017. All supplemental documentation is due by Friday, October 6, 2017.

Members of Congress may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies: U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY; U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, MD; U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, CO; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, NY. The fifth service academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.

All applicants must be a current, legal resident of the First Congressional District of New York. The honor of attending a service academy comes with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.

To apply for a congressional nomination, all applicants must submit the following information to Congressman Zeldin’s office:

  • Completed application, which can be found online at; 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation;
  • Official high school transcript and college transcript (if applicable);
  • SAT/ACT scores; and
  • Brief essay detailing the decision to apply to a U.S. Service Academy (500 words max).

Following the receipt of this information, each candidate will be assigned a date and time to come to Congressman Zeldin’s Long Island Office for an in-person interview with the Congressman’s Service Academy Review Committee.

A nomination through any capacity does not guarantee acceptance into any of the academies, although it is required. Each applicant is still responsible for applying to each service academy directly.

Congressman Zeldin said, “Each year, I have the honor and privilege of nominating the best and brightest students from the First Congressional District as candidates for appointment to our U.S. Service Academies. Our Service Academies offer students a high quality education and train our future leaders. I encourage all applicants who are interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy to apply before the deadline. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office at (631) 289-1097.”