Military Academy Nominations


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

Members of Congress may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies: U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, NY. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment. We will begin accepting nomination applications for Class 2026 in May 2021. The deadline to submit applications will be November 1, 2021, at 5:00 PM MST. 

Congressman O'Halleran may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot allotted to our district. Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country.


Helpful documents for requesting a Military Academy Nomination through Congressman O'Halleran's office:


A complete nomination file includes the following items and must be submitted before November 1, at 5:00 PM MST:

  1. Your completed application, submitted through this webpage, below
  2. Current picture of you from the waist up, no smaller than 2”x3” and no larger than 5” x 7”
  3. Official high school transcript with weighted GPA and class ranking and/or college transcript (if applicable).
  4. American College Testing Program (ACT) results and/or College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) results
    1. You may have your scores sent directly to our office.
      1. ACT code: 7224
      2. SAT code: 5950
    2. Alternatively, you may provide our office with your ACT or SAT website login information. This information can be submitted in the application form below.
  5. A two-page resume that includes academic, athletic, leadership, community involvement, accomplishments, and employment (if applicable).
  6. A personal statement of approximately 1000 words highlighting your commitment to attend a service academy and what military service means to you.  
  7. A maximum of four (4) letters of recommendation from someone who knows you well and can attest to your moral character and accomplishments.
  8. All materials should be emailed to



  1. Application opens: May 2021
  2. Application closes and all materials must be received by our office: November 1, 2021, at 5:00 PM MST.
  3. Notification of assigned interview time: October
  4. Panel interviews: November
  5. Securing a nomination from our office does not guarantee an appointment (i.e. offer of admission). It is at the ultimate discretion of each respective Academy to make the final, culminating decision. You are encouraged to apply for as many nominations as you may be eligible. As a matter of courtesy, we ask that you inform our office if you are seeking a nomination with another Congressional or Senatorial office.


With any questions, reach out to Congressman O'Halleran's Service Academy Administrator, Rudy Cota III at, or by phone at (928) 210-8165 or (520) 316-0839.

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