Academy Nominations

NOTE: The Service Academy nomination application and frequently asked questions documents are located at bottom of page. Please read this page in its entirety and then access the additional documents at the bottom if you are interested in pursuing a Service Academy nomination.  

Are you interested in attending one the U.S. Service Academies?

As a U.S. Senator, I am allowed to nominate a limited number of people to four of the five different academies, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. (The U.S. Coast Guard Academy makes its own selections.)

The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years.

**The application deadline is November 1. Continue reading to learn how to apply.** 

Service Academies

There are five service academies: The United States Air Force (USAFA), Naval (USNA), Military (USMA), Merchant Marine (USMMA), and Coast Guard (USCGA) Academies. Nominations are required for all but the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, to which appointments are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition.

As far as the USAFA, USNA, and USMA are concerned, there are various nomination authorities, with each eligible young person being able to apply to both United States senators from the applicant's state, his or her United States representative, and the Vice President (if very highly qualified). The other nomination categories are military-affiliated.

With respect to the Congressional category, each representative and each senator is allowed to have at each of those academies at any one time five persons charged to his or her quota. There are three methods of nominating, and I use the competitive method. For each vacancy, ten nominations may be made on a strictly competitive basis. The competitive method provides that the nominees compete among themselves for final appointment determined by the admissions authorities. They take into consideration a nominee's academic record, extracurricular and athletic activities, physical aptitude, ACT and/or SAT scores, leadership ability, and medical qualifications. Such facets of an applicant's record are also considered during the nomination selection process. No person will be offered admission if he or she does not meet the physical standards of the academy unless awarded a medical waiver.

As competition for nomination and appointment is very keen, it is wise for all interested persons to apply through all sources for which they are eligible and for all academies in which they have a real interest. An individual may be nominated by more than one nominating authority and/or to more than one Academy.

The Nomination Process

To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, an applicant must meet the eligibility requirements established by law and be nominated from an authorized person including a Member of the United States Senate or the House of Representatives. I may nominate applicants who are legally domiciled within the boundaries of Arkansas.

Who Is Eligible?

An applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1 of the year of admission to a service academy. He or she must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday, must be a United States citizen, and must be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

Applying To My Office For A Nomination

Students interested in a nomination should contact Kathryn Gough in my Lowell office (Academy Nominations 213 W. Monroe, Suite N, Lowell, AR 72745) in the spring of their junior year in high school. Also, please note that it is extremely important that the student begin the application process with the academies themselves.

I wish you the best of luck in your quest for an appointment to a U.S. Service Academy.

  • Academy Nomination Application - Note: The application is in Microsoft Word form. If you do not have Microsoft Word on your computer, please contact my office for an application. Academy Nomination Application - 2014.doc (114.0 KBs)
  • Service Academy Nomination FAQ (2014) - Academy_FAQ-2014.pdf (188.9 KBs)
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