Military Academy Nominations - FAQ
Frequently asked questions for those seeking a Military Academy nomination. You may also fill out a Military Academy Nominations Form.
What is a nomination?
Appointments to the service academies are made by the President. To be considered for an appointment, applicants must receive a nomination from one of the following sources:
- The 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
- The Vice President of the United States
- Military-Affiliated nomination
Applicants are encouraged to apply to all nomination sources for which they are eligible. If an applicant receives a nomination from our office, they will be recommended for admission to the appropriate academy. Receiving a nomination does not guarantee admission to an academy.
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 Arizona.
- Skill / Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy
- Education: Applicants must have graduated high school before attending an academy. This means that a student my start their application as early as the spring semester of their junior year.
How do I apply?
To apply for a nomination from Congressman O’Halleran, applicants must submit a complete application by Friday, October 19, 2018 and partake in an interview in mid-November. All application forms and requirements are available here and listed below.
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.
What is the deadline for completing a nomination file?
Applications will close on Friday, October 19, 2018. Our office must receive all application materials by that date.
What must be included in my nomination file?
A complete nomination file consists of the following items:
- Online application
- Current headshot no smaller than 2”x3” and no larger than 5”x7”
- Official High school transcript
- American College Testing Program (ACT) results and/or College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) results
- You may have your scores sent directly to our office
- ACT code: 7000
- SAT code: 7224
- Alternatively, you may provide our office with your ACT or SAT website login information. This information can be submitted in the application form.
- You may have your scores sent directly to our office
- Resume of academic, athletic, leadership, and community activities and accomplishments
- An essay stating why you want to attend a service academy (500 words or less)
- Minimum of three letters of recommendation
What is the timeline for the nomination process?
- Application opens: May 15th of each year.
- Application closes and all materials must be received by our office: Friday, October 19, 2018.
- Notification of assigned interview time: Early November
- Panel interviews: Mid November.
What happens after I have completed my nomination file?
Applicants who submit a completed nomination file by the deadline will be scheduled for an interview in mid-November.
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.
How many academies are there?
There are five service academies.
- U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York
- U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland
- U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs
- U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York
- U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut
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.
Who should I ask to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf?
Some of the people applicants typically seek recommendations from include:
- Scout Leaders
A specific recommendation form is not required. A letter of recommendation is sufficient.
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.
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.
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.
Who do I contact if I have any other questions?
Additional inquires may be emailed to OHalleran.Academies@mail.house.gov or directed to our Casa Grande office at 520-316-0839. Written correspondence should be sent to:
Office of Congressman Tom O’Halleran
Attn: Academy Nominations
211 N. Florence Street, Suite 1
Casa Grande, AZ 85122