Military Academy Nominations

MY OFFICE IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE CLASS OF 2024

DEADLINE:  ON OR BEFORE THE LAST FRIDAY OF SEPTEMBER

** Read the instructions carefully / Click on the application link below / Save the fillable PDF to your computer desktop / Complete the application / Save your work / Print the application and return it along with the other required documents to my office by mailing or hand delivering**

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 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 nominations statewide.

Eligibility

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 Guidelines

Students interested in a nomination may begin compiling the required documents as early as spring of their junior year in high school.  (Please click on the instruction link above for the required documents).  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.

Step 1: In order to apply for a nomination through my office, please click on the application link above.  Please use the fillable PDF form (required).  Once completed, please print, sign, 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.tapia@mail.house.gov or by calling 719-355-7565. 

Step 2: Return your completed application along with the required documents. You may send it to my Colorado Springs district office at the address listed below or hand deliver.   Completed applications must be received on or before the last Friday in September (please try not to wait until the last minute to turn in your applications!)

Step 3:  Applicants will be contacted in early October with the date and time of their interview.  (These usually take place in mid to late October.)

Step 4:  You will be notified whether or not you received a nomination typically before Christmas.

**Letters of recommendation may be attached to your completed application in sealed envelopes OR the letters may be scanned and emailed to Elizabeth Tapia at Elizabeth.tapia@mail.house.gov directly from the individuals.

ALL NOTIFICATIONS AND IMPORTANT UPDATES REGARDING YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE SENT TO YOU VIA EMAIL.  PLEASE ENSURE THAT EMAILS COMING FROM:  ELIZABETH.TAPIA@MAIL.HOUSE.GOV
OR DOUG.LAMBORN05@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.

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 the applicant's state, his or her United States Representative, and the Vice President (if 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.

Nomination Procedure

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 appointments.  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 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. 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 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 - https://westpoint.edu/admissions

United States Naval Academy - http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/

United States Merchant Marine Academy - http://www.usmma.edu/admissions/

United States Coast Guard- https://www.uscg.mil/home/   (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

If you have questions about the application process, please contact my Academy Nomination Coordinator, Elizabeth Tapia at Elizabeth.tapia@mail.house.gov