Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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Service Academy Appointments

Thank you for your interest in attending one of our U.S. Service Academies. All five of our nation’s service academies are four-year post-secondary institutions that combine educational excellence with military officer training. Students accepted to any of these five academies will receive a four-year education in return for a service commitment to the active-duty military after graduation.

To be considered for admission to any of the following academies, students must receive a Congressional nomination from either their U.S. Representative or a U.S. Senator:

  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

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

In addition to being nominated by a member of Congress, students are also expected to meet the highly competitive educational, extracurricular, physical aptitude and medical standards that are set by each academy.

Are you graduating in 2020?

We are now accepting nomination applications for students who will be graduating high school in 2020.


The deadline to apply is September 20, 2019.

Complete your application HERE.


Your completed application with ALL required documents MUST be received by our office no later than Friday, September 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Faxed or scanned copies will NOT be accepted.

Students interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy should apply to all of the service academies they are interested in, as your first choice may not guarantee admission.

How to Apply

Click HERE to begin your application.

What will I need to apply?

To apply, you will be required to submit your completed application with ALL of the following documents:

  1. A wallet-sized photo attached to the front one-page of the application;
  2. A School Recommendation Form (from a guidance counselor or principal);
  3. Your official high school transcripts bearing the school seal / stamp or the signature and title of a school official;
  4. Two letters of recommendations 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);
  5. A one-page essay (on a separate sheet of paper) describing why you wish to attend a service academy;
  6. Your 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);

What happens after I submit my application?

  1. Once we have received your completed application, we will notify you electronically of your status. 
  2. Once we have reviewed your completed application, we will contact you to schedule an interview.
  3. If you are selected to receive a nomination after the interview, you will receive a "Notice of Nomination" letter no later than January 31, 2020.

For any questions about the Service Academy nomination process, please contact our office at 303-844-4988. Thank you!

Important notes about the nomination process:

  • For the Air Force, Naval, and Military Academies, each member of Congress can have no more than five constituents attending any one academy at one time. When a constituent leaves or graduates an academy, a vacancy is created. Each member of Congress can nominate up to 10 individuals for each vacancy. The academy will then evaluate those 10 nominees and select which one it will accept to attend.
  • For the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, each member of Congress can nominate up to ten individuals. The Merchant Marine Academy will then evaluate those 10 nominees and decide which ones it will accept to attend.
  • There is no nomination system for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
  • Helpful Tip: apply to all service academies that you are interested in, as your first choice may not guarantee admission.