Military Academy Nominations

Applications for the Class of 2026 are now closed. The application process for the Class of 2027 will begin in the summer of 2022. 

STEP 1)   Thoroughly read the APPLICATION FAQs


STEP 3)   Complete the PDF APPLICATION and email it to


Your Application for a Nomination will not be considered complete until you have done the following:


  1. Scanned and emailed your application, along with all the required documents (as a .pdf packet) to my Nomination Coordinator, Elizabeth Tapia at:
  2. Submitted the online webform
  3. Attend an interview with my Nomination Panel (in-person or virtual/ to be determined).


When Compiling Your Application Packet:


SAT/ACT/High School Transcript documents - Scan the summary pages showing the composite scores for your SAT and/or ACT as well as your High School Transcripts.  We do not require a sealed envelope containing your high school transcripts.    WE ARE AWARE THAT TESTING DATES MAY BE DELAYED DUE TO COVID-19.  IF YOU HAVE NOT YET COMPLETED A STANDARDIZED TEST – PLEASE INPUT “0” IN BOTH YOUR APPLICATION AND IN THE ONLINE WEBFORM.  YOU CAN EMAIL YOUR NEW OR UPDATED SCORES WHEN YOU RECEIVE THEM to (subject line: Test Scores for John Doe)


Choose a good, professional looking photograph for your application packet cover page – it must be a clear digital image that will be used as an 8x11 cover page for your application.  You can scan a school photo or use a quality cell phone or digital camera image.    Please list your name above your photo.  This is the first impression our Nomination Panelists will have of your application – so please keep that in mind when choosing a photograph.


Compose a ONE PAGE (size 12 font) 500-word essay entitled:

“Why I Want to Attend a U.S. Service Academy” – By John Doe


THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Every letter of recommendation should provide the contact information of the recommender. Letters of recommendation can be obtained from your current or former principal, counselors, teachers, employers, ministers, or other community, government, or business leaders. Although it is not required, we recommend that at least one letter is from your school principal or counselor. Please ask that they use their official letterhead, if applicable, and to provide their name, address, phone, and email on their correspondence. There are three options for providing letters of recommendation.

1. Instruct the 3 individuals to provide the letters of recommendation to you directly and then attach the three letters to your PDF application OR


2. Submit your application without the letters of recommendation attached and have the three recommenders scan and email their letters directly to the Nomination Coordinator, Elizabeth Tapia at:  or



3. If you are unable to email your completed application (preferred method) – you can mail it to 1125 Kelly Johnson Boulevard, Suite 330, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.  It must be received in our office before the deadline date of September 30th. 

Congressman Doug Lamborn, Attention: Nomination Coordinator

1125 Kelly Johnson Blvd., Suite 330, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.


Your completed application packet should include the following documents in the following order and scanned together as ONE PDF DOCUMENT:


1. Photograph with name (Cover Page)  

2. Essay

3. PDF application

4. High School Transcripts

5. Standardized Test Scores (if available at the time), and

6. Three letters of recommendation


Before submitting an application for a nomination, please visit the admissions page of your preferred U.S. Service Academy to ensure you meet the minimum entry requirements.  Obtaining a nomination is a highly competitive process and is a pre-curser to receiving an appointment from an academy.


Applicants will be asked to attend an in-person interview in mid to late October. You will be notified of the exact date and time via email.  Please acknowledge receipt of your interview notification as soon as possible by replying to my Nomination Coordinator, Elizabeth Tapia at If you are unable to attend the interview, please respond immediately so that arrangements can be made.  You must have a valid reason for not attending the interview, however.






RESULTS:  You will be notified of your nomination status typically during the month of December.

More About the Overall Nomination and Appointment Process

Students interested in a nomination may begin compiling the required documents as early as the Spring of their junior year in high school. 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 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.

You must obtain a nomination 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 source including a Member of the United States House of Representatives or a Member of the United States Senate.  I can nominate only those applicants who are legally domiciled within the boundaries of the Fifth Congressional District of Colorado, with the exception of U.S. Merchant Marine applicants who may apply for a nomination from any member of the Colorado delegation.


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.

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.

Nomination Categories

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 their legally domiciled state, his or her United States Representative, and the Vice President (if qualified), or Presidential (if qualified). The other nomination categories are military or Academy affiliated.

With respect to the Congressional category, each Representative is, by law, permitted to have five actively charged cadets present at each of the academies at any one time for that particular graduating year. 

Nomination Procedure

There are three methods of nominating, and I use the competitive method.  For each vacancy (or open slot), ten nominations may be made on a strictly competitive basis. The competitive method provides that the nominees compete among themselves for final appointments.  Final appointments are determined by admission authorities.  Just as I take into account when determining my nominee choices, the U.S. Service Academy Admission Offices take into consideration a nominee's academic record, extracurricular and athletic activities, physical aptitude, ACT and/or SAT scores, leadership ability and medical qualifications. Also, no person will be offered admission if he or she does not meet the physical standards of the Academy or has a medical condition that disqualifies them from attending.  In certain cases, a medical waiver is requested by the Academy – not by the Congressional Representative.  As competition for a nomination and then for an appointment is very intense, 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.  This can increase your odds or chances to receive a nomination and a possible appointment.  An individual may be nominated by more than one nominating authority and/or to more than one Academy by various sources.   As stated previously, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is different in that the locality boundary for nomination by a Representative is the state in which the District lies rather than just the District itself. Each Representative may nominate ten candidates per vacancy each year to compete for admission.

If you have any questions – please feel free to reach out to my Nomination Coordinator, Elizabeth Tapia, by emailing her at

For more information about each of the United States Service Academies, please visit the official websites listed below:

United States Air Force Academy -

United States Military Academy -

United States Naval Academy -

United States Merchant Marine Academy -

United States Coast Guard-   (For information purposes only - A Congressional nomination is not required to apply to the U.S. Coast Guard)


Links for Parents:

United States Military Academy

United States Naval Academy

United States Air Force Academy

United States Merchant Marine Academy