Military 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: 2019 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, September 27, 2019. All supplemental documentation is due by Friday, October 11, 2019.
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.
Interested applicants may attend Congressman Zeldin’s Annual Service Academy Information Day, which is being held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, at Brookhaven Town Hall, located at 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville. At this event, prospective applicants will have the opportunity to speak directly with representatives from each of the five service academies about the nomination application process. They will also be able to speak with members of Congressman Zeldin’s Service Academy Review Committee.
For more information on the nomination process, or Service Academy Information Day, please contact Congressman Zeldin’s office at (631) 289-1097.