Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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Service Academy Appointments

The U.S. Service Academies are four-year post-secondary institutions that combine educational excellence with military officer training. Students accepted to the academies receive a four-year education in return for a service commitment to the active-duty military after graduation.

To be considered for admission, students must receive a congressional nomination from either their U.S. Representative or a U.S. Senator.  Additionally, students are expected to meet the highly competitive educational, extracurricular, physical aptitude and medical standards that are set by the service academies. 

Academy Nomination Process
In order for a candidate to be considered for nomination, an applicant must complete the following steps:

Qualifications – Applicants Must:

  • Be U.S. citizens;
  • Reside in the First Congressional District of Colorado;
  • Be at least 17 years of age and not yet 23 years old on July 1 of the year the applicant would enter an academy (25 years old for USMMA);
  • Be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents;
  • Demonstrate comprehensive academic preparation;
  • Be in good physical condition and meet the physical requirements of their respective Service Academy.

An applicant must complete the following steps by Friday, October 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to be considered for nomination:


  1. Submit a completed application form with a wallet-sized photo attached to the front one-page of the application;


  1. Submit a School Recommendation Form (from a guidance counselor or principal);


  1. Submit your high school transcripts bearing the school’s seal / stamp or the signature and title of a school official;


  1. Submit two letters of recommendation from a teacher, principal, guidance counselor, employer, coach, extracurricular faculty advisor, community leaders, church leaders, scout/CAP/JROTC leaders, or other adults who know you well (These letters are in addition to the counselor/principal’s information on the School Recommendation Form noted above);


  1. Submit a one-page essay (on a separate sheet of paper) describing why you wish to attend a service academy;


  1. Submit official SAT OR ACT scores using the following codes – SAT: 4766 or ACT: 7300 (A certified copy of the high school record of these scores also will be accepted.);


  1. Apply to all service academies that you are interested as your first choice may not guarantee admission;


Process following submission of application for nomination:


  1. Applicants will be scheduled for an interview when their application packet is complete;  


  1. If selected, applicants will receive a “Notice of Nomination” no later than December 31, 2017.



Your completed original application with ALL components MUST be received by my District Office staff by Friday, October 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.


Faxed or scanned copies will not be accepted.


Deadline for submission of completed nomination packets for the 2017– 2018 school year is October 6, 2017. Once a completed packet has been submitted for review, applicants will be notified electronically of their status. 

Download the application here.

Air Force Academy

Admissions Office, HQ
2304 Cadet Dr., Suite 200
USAF Academy, CO 80840-5025 5

U.S. Military Academy

Director of Admissions
600 Thayer Rd.
West Point, NY 10996-9902 


U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Director of Admissions
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
New London, CT 06320 

U.S. Naval Academy

Candidate Guidance Office
117 Decatur Rd.
Annapolis, MD 21402-5018 

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Admissions Office
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Kings Point, NY 11024-9997 


*For the Air Force, Naval, and Military Academies, each Congressional Representative can have no more than five cadets or midshipmen attending an Academy at one time. For each vacancy (one of the five slots), Representatives and Senators can nominate up to ten names.

*For the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, there is no vacancy system. Instead, each year, Members of Congress can nominate up to ten individuals and those who qualify gain an appointment.

*There is no nomination system for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.