Service Academy Nominations
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 here: 2021 Academy Nomination Application
- 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).
The deadline to submit the completed application is Friday, October 1, 2021. All supplemental documentation is due by Friday, October 8, 2021.
Following the receipt of this information, each candidate will be assigned a date and time for an 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.