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Military Academy Nominations

 

Thank you for your interest in the U.S. Service Academies. As your 4th District Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, each year I have the privilege of nominating a limited number of individuals to the Air Force, Naval, Military (Army) and Merchant Marines Academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country.

If you have questions, please contact my office’s Academy Nominations Coordinator, Holly Sweeten, at 801-999-9801. Applicants for the class of 2026 must submit their applications to my District office by October 15, 2021.

BENEFITS OF AN ACADEMY EDUCATION

  • Cost Free Education
  • Guaranteed Employment
  • Commitment & Opportunity

HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Once you have decided on the academy/academies you would like to apply to, you will want to begin the online application which can be found on the academy’s admissions page. Interested applicants should begin the application their junior year of high school; however, individuals can apply that are 17-23 years old (details listed below).  
  2. In addition to your academy application, you will need to complete a separate Congressional Application from my office. You can also contact my West Jordan City office to have one mailed to you.
  3. You must complete your online application through the selected academy, as well as my application, to be considered for a congressional nomination from me.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  1. October 15th—Final date to submit the Congressional Application to my district office.
  2. November 19th—Date for the interviews for all applicants in front of our Board of Nominations at my West Jordan City office.
  3. December 15th—By this date, my office will have informed all applicants if they were nominated to be considered for an appointment.  

When reviewing an application, the following are considered:

  • Character
  • Scholarship
  • Leadership
  • Physical Aptitude
  • Motivation
  • Whole-person evaluation

In addition, the following are required to be eligible for consideration:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
    • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you can be accepted into the prep school but must be a U.S. Citizen by the time you enter the academy.
  • Must be unmarried without dependents and not pregnant.
  • Be at least 17 years old and have not passed your 23rd birthday on July 1st of the year you would enter the academy.
  • You must be a legal resident of Utah’s Second Congressional District. You can confirm which congressional district you’re in by going to this link.

To learn more about the individual academies, you can visit their websites below:

United States Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland)

United States Military Academy (West Point, New York)

United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, New York)

**United States Coast Guard Academy (New London, Connecticut)

**Although the U.S. Coast Guard does not operate with the regular congressional nomination process, individuals can still apply directly to academy using their online application.

Congressman Burgess Owens’ U.S. Service Academy Nomination Application Packet 

MILITARY ACADEMY NOMINATIONS - FAQ

Frequently asked questions for those seeking a Military Academy nomination. Congressman Burgess Owens’ U.S. Service Academy Nomination Application Packet

WHAT IS A NOMINATION?

Members of Congress may nominate applicants who meet the eligibility requirements established by law. A candidate may seek a nomination from the following:

  • A 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
  • Apply directly to the Vice-President of the United States

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 4th Congressional District of Utah.
  • Skill / Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy

WHO DO I CONTACT TO REQUEST AN APPLICATION?

Download the Congressional Application Here

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?

The deadline for submitting a nomination packet to the District Office is normally mid-October. Please contact the office for more specifics.

WHAT MUST BE INCLUDED IN MY NOMINATION FILE?

A complete nomination file consists of the following items:

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I HAVE COMPLETED MY NOMINATION FILE?

Applicants who submit a completed nomination file will be scheduled for an interview in late October or 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.

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:

  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Employers
  • Coaches
  • Clergy
  • 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 beginning in February. All offers of appointment are generally sent out by May.