Service Academy Nomination

Thank you for expressing interest in the United States Service Academies. As your Congressional Representative, each year I have the privilege of nominating a limited number of people to our four prestigious service academies. By contacting my office, you are demonstrating your desire to serve our nation, and I applaud you. Attending an Academy will push you to reach your full potential both mentally and physically and provide the education and skills you need to serve our country as an officer.

As an applicant, you should begin the nomination process the summer before your senior year of high school. The first step is to apply to every academy you are interested in attending, as each offers its own educational experience. In addition, you should seek nominations from every available source, including myself and our senators, as well as the office of the Vice President of the United States.

The nomination process is one of the most rewarding opportunities afforded a Member of Congress, and I recognize that each candidate has unique qualities and achievements that should be considered. Providing your leadership experience, commitment to community, academic success, athletic ability, and strength of character will help define you as a competitive candidate and assist me in the decision-making process. As you move forward, be assured you have placed yourself in the excellent company of your peers, and I look forward to reviewing your application.


Application Process


For more information about each service academy, please visit their websites:

US Air Force Academy
Director of Admissions
Colorado Springs, CO 80840

US Naval Academy
Director of Candidate Guidance
Annapolis, MD 21408

US Military Academy
Admissions Office,
West Point, NY 10996

US Merchant Marine Academy
Admissions Office
Kings Point, NY 11024

US Coast Guard Academy
The United States Coast Guard Academy does not require congressional nominations. If you are interested in attending the USCG Academy, you can contact the Academy directly at: 

USCG Admissions Office
New London, CT 06320

Should you have any questions about the nomination process or submission requirements, please contact my District Representative Rob Richards in my Tacoma office at (253) 272-3515 or