Frequently asked questions for those seeking a Military Academy nomination. You may also fill out a Military Academy Nominations Form.


What is a nomination?

Members of Congress may nominate applicants who meet the eligibility requirements established by law. A candidate may seek a nomination from the following:

  • A member of the U.S. House of Representatives who represents the congressional district in which the candidate resides
  • Both U.S. Senators from his or her state
  • Apply directly to the Vice-President of the United States
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What are the basic eligibility requirements?

Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st of the year of admission to an academy:

  • Age: Be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Marital Status: Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents
  • Residence: Must reside within the boundaries of the 1st Congressional District of Idaho.
  • Skill / Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy
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Who do I contact to request an application?
Contact the office to request a nomination packet. Return to Top
When do I apply for a nomination?
The nomination application period opens May 15th of each year for those candidates who are high school juniors and will be seniors the following school year, or who have already graduated. Return to Top
What is the deadline for completing a nomination file?
The deadline for submitting a nomination packet to the District Office is normally mid-October. Please contact the office for more specifics. Return to Top
What must be included in my nomination file?

A complete nomination file consists of the following items:

  • Letter Requesting Nomination – Submit a letter to U.S. Congressman Russ Fulcher requesting a nomination. This must be written in a formal business format.
  • Application for Nomination – Return the completed Application for Nomination
  • Resume – Provide a detailed listing of your academic, community service, extracurricular activities, athletic activities, and any other notable accomplishments.
  • Essay – Compose an essay of no more than 500 words, which provides insight into why you desire to attend a Service Academy and why you would be a good candidate for admission. This essay must be separate and distinct from your letter.
  • Photo – Attach a recent photo to your completed application (does not have to be a professional photo).
  • Letters of Recommendation – Submit at least three letters of recommendation from individuals unrelated to you, who can assess your intellect, character, and suitability for military service. One from a teacher, principal, school administrator, guidance counselor, or academic dean; one from an employer or extracurricular faculty advisor; and one from a person of your choice. These letters may be given to you in sealed envelopes with their signature across the seal or they may be sent directly to our office at the above address.
  • Official Transcripts – Submit a copy of your official transcripts to be sent directly from your high school (or college) to the above address.
  • Standardized Test Results – Have your scores sent directly from the testing services to the above address or use our office’s reporting codes: ACT-code 7371; SAT-code 5460. If your standardized test score is notated on your transcript that will suffice.
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What happens after I have completed my nomination file?
Applicants who submit a completed nomination file will be scheduled for an interview in late October or early November. Return to Top
What criteria is used in selecting candidates?
Nominations are based on a "whole person" evaluation. Factors such as academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character and motivation are taken into consideration and compared with other applicants. Return to Top
How many academies are there?

There are five service academies.

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Are the requirements the same for all of the service academies?
No. Although many of the qualifications are similar, each academy operates under its own admissions guidelines. Visit the academy of your choice via the websites noted for each academy's particular admissions qualifications. It is not necessary to seek a nomination to the Coast Guard Academy, as the U.S.C.G.A. accepts candidates based on their own testing criteria. Return to Top
Who should I ask to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf?

Some of the people applicants typically seek recommendations from include:

  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Employers
  • Coaches
  • Clergy
  • Scout Leaders

A specific recommendation form is not required. A letter of recommendation is sufficient.

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Will I automatically be selected by the academy after I receive a nomination?
No. You will be placed among a select group of nominees, and the academy of your choice will make the final decision. If selected, you will receive an offer of admission (an appointment) directly from the academy. Return to Top
What if I choose more than one academy? Will I be limited to a single nomination?
No. You can be nominated to multiple academies depending on how well you have competed among this year's pool of candidates. It is also possible to win multiple appointments. Return to Top
When will I know if I have been offered an appointment by an academy?
Academies will begin to notify candidates of their admission status in February. All offers of appointment are generally sent out by May. Return to Top