Service Academy Nominations

Thank you for your interest in the U.S. Service Academies.

As your Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, each year I have the privilege of nominating a limited number of people to four of the five service 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 any questions, the applicant may contact Jenny Maybin at 828-693-5660 or by email at


The Nomination Process

To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, an applicant must meet the eligibility requirements established by law and be nominated from an authorized source.  As a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I may nominate applicants who legally reside within the boundaries of the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina.

The process is extremely competitive. Applicants should apply to any source for which they are eligible and to all academies of interest. An individual may be nominated by more than one nominating authority and/or to more than one academy. Others sources include, but are not limited to:

1.      Both United States Senators from the applicant's state (find your senators here:

2.      The Vice President of the United States.  More information here:


Service Academies

There are five service academies: the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), the United States Naval Academy (USNA), the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA), the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), and the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA). All academies require a nomination except for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, to which appointments are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition.  Information for all the service academies is available online.

·         U.S. Air Force Academy:

·         U.S. Naval Academy:

·         U.S. Military Academy at West Point:

·         U.S. Merchant Marine Academy:

·         U.S. Coast Guard Academy:  (does not require a nomination)


What are the basic eligibility requirements?

Each applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st of the year of admission to an academy:

·         Age: Must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed their 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 11th Congressional District of North Carolina

·         Skill/Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy


Who do I contact to request an application?

The applicant may contact my office at 828-693-5660 to request a nomination packet or email Jenny Maybin at


When do I apply for a nomination?

The applicant may request a nomination application after April 1st.


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


What is the deadline for completing a nomination file?

The deadline for completing a nomination packet to the District Office is September 30, 2018.
If any items are missing from the application packet after the deadline, the applicant will not be considered for a nomination.


What criteria are used in selecting candidates?

My office has a Service Academy Review Board consisting of academy graduates and/or affiliates to review and suggest applicants. 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.


When will I know if I receive a nomination?

Applicants will be notified if they receive a nomination by January 31st.


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?

You can be nominated to multiple academies depending on how well you have competed among this year’s pool of candidates. It is possible to receive multiple nominations.


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; however, appointments are based on rolling admissions so it is possible to be notified at a later date.




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