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If you have questions about the nomination process, please contact my Academy Nomination Coordinator, Elizabeth Tapia. She can be reached by calling 719-355-7565 or by emailing her at Elizabeth.email@example.com.
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The Nomination Process
To be considered for an appointment to a United States 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 House of Representatives or a Member of the United States Senate.
I can nominate applicants who are legally domiciled within the boundaries of the Fifth Congressional District of Colorado.
An applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements; As of July 1st of the year of admission to a service academy, he or she must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed their 23rd birthday, must be a United States citizen, must be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.
Applying To My Office for a Nomination: General Guideline
Students interested in a nomination need to complete our fillable form application and begin compiling the required documents as early as spring of their junior year in high school. Please read the application instructions carefully. Also, please note that it is extremely important to begin the application process with the academy of your choice by visiting the academy’s website and filling out a pre-candidate questionnaire. It is very important that you continue to follow all the requirements set forth by the academy and not to halt the process while you are applying and then waiting for a nomination. The sooner you complete your application requirements with the academy, the better.
Step 1: In order to apply for a nomination for a United States Service Academy, please use our fillable application form (Check back after January 1, 2017 for our updated application form). Hand written applications will not be accepted. Once completed, please print, sign and date and attach the required documents. If you are unable to use our fillable application form, please contact Elizabeth Tapia by either emailing her at Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 719-355-7565.
Step 2: Return your complete application. You may send it to my Colorado Springs District office at the address listed below. Completed applications must be received by (Date not yet scheduled for 2017)
Step 3: Applicants will be contacted in late September or early October with their scheduled interview date and time. Interviews are typically scheduled in mid-October.
Step 4: Nominees will be announced December of 2017.
ALL NOTIFICATIONS REGARDING YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE SENT TO YOU VIA EMAIL. PLEASE ENSURE THAT EMAILS COMING FROM: ATTACHMENTS.LAMBORN@MAIL.HOUSE.GOV ARE NOT BEING FUNNELED INTO YOUR SPAM INBOX.
United States Service Academies
There are five Service Academies; Air Force (USAFA), Naval (USNA), Military (USMA), Merchant Marine (USMMA), and Coast Guard (USCGA). Nominations are required for all with the exception of the United States Coast Guard Academy. Those 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 amongst themselves for final appointment. Final appointments are determined by admission 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 a 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. With regard to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the locality boundary for nomination by a Representative is the State in which the District lies rather than just the District itself. Each Representative and each Senator may nominate ten candidates per vacancy each year to compete for admission.
For more information about each of the United States Service Academies, please visit the official websites listed below:
United States Air Force Academy - http://academyadmissions.com/
United States Military Academy - http://admissions.usma.edu/
United States Naval Academy - http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/
United States Merchant Marine Academy - http://www.usmma.edu/admissions/
United States Coast Guard- http://www.uscga.edu/
Links for Parents:
United States Military Academy - http://www.usma.edu/parents/SitePages/Home.aspx
United States Naval Academy - https://www.usna.com/sslpage.aspx?pid=286
United States Air Force Academy - http://www.usafa.af.mil/Leadership/CadetDevelopment/ParentsClub.aspx
United States Merchant Marine Academy - http://www.usmma.edu/about/parents