Military Academy Nominations

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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. For more information, please review the page of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination.

There are five military service academies in the United States. Through Congressman Blumenauer's office, you can apply for a nomination to four of the academies (the Coast Guard Academy does not require congressional nominations). You begin the application process by contacting the academies you wish to attend and starting a pre-candidate file with them. The academies are:

Once you have contacted the academies, contact Congressman Blumenauer’s office and the offices of Oregon's Senators to begin the nomination process (Senator Wyden and Senator Merkley). You can also write Congressman Blumenauer at the address below or call the district office at 503-231-2300. Congressman Earl Blumenauer 911 NE 11th Ave, Suite 200 Portland, OR 97232. Please make sure you meet the important qualifications listed below:


Service Academy Qualifying Factors

  • Must be at least 17 but not yet 22 years of age.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must not be married, pregnant or have legal obligation to support a child.
  • Physical requirements vary according to academy.
  • Academic record:
    • rank in upper 40% of class
    • outstanding participation and performance in high school extra-curricular activities (athletic and non-athletic).


Summary of the Nomination and Appointment Process

The following schedule may be used as a guide to the timing of important steps in the nomination and appointment process:


Beginning in March Congressman Blumenauer begins to receive applications for nominations to the service academies.
September through December Congressman Blumenauer accepts applications and screens applicants. Congressman Blumenauer announces application deadlines.
September through January Academies provide periodic applicant evaluations to members of Congress based on the evaluation of the information self-reported by the applicant. In late January or early February, status reports reflect validated information on the candidates.
Beginning in October and November Academies send out early offers of admission/appointment and Letters of Assurance. Advance notice of appointments will be given to congressional offices by academies.
End of November Deadline to submit application for nomination to Congressman Blumenauer
December Congressman Blumenauer submits names of nominees to the appropriate agencies representing the academies.
December through January Congressman Blumenauer announces nominees.
By late April Academies have offered the majority of appointments.
May through June Academies offer additional appointments to replace candidates who decline their appointments.
Late June or early July Newly appointed classes enter the academies.


Academy Admission Offices

Air Force Academy
Admissions Office
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80840-5651
Phone: (719) 472-2520

West Point Military Academy
Admissions Office Building
606 Thayer Road
West Point, NY 10996-1797
Phone: (914) 938-4041

Naval Academy
USNA Admissions Office
117 Decatur Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5019
Phone: (410) 293-4361

Merchant Marine Academy
Admissions Office
Kings Point, NY 11024-1699
Phone: (516) 773-5391

Coast Gaurd Academy
Admissions Office
31 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
Phone: (800) 833-8724