Military Academy Nominations

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Letter From Congresswoman Jahana Hayes

Dear Applicant,

Your interest in this process demonstrates that you are a highly motived, well-rounded, service oriented young person. Please know, if this journey does not end with an acceptance letter from a service academy, there are many other ways to access higher education through military service such as via ROTC program or the Connecticut National Guard. My staff will be happy to provide you with a comprehensice list of this information if you are interested.

If accepted, you will have a unique opportunity to develop physically, ethically, and intellectually while building a foundation for an exciting, challenging, and rewarding career as a military officer in the service of our nation. Connecticut students are traditionally very successful at the academies, and I’m pleased to do my part to ensure that the communities of the 5th Congressional District continue to provide some of the next generation’s outstanding military leaders.

A congressional nomination is required for students wishing to enter the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY. Successful applicants will have a broad academic background, the ability to pass a physical aptitude test, and strong leadership potential. An applicant must also be a U.S. citizen, a high school graduate between the ages of 17 and 23, unmarried, have no dependents, and be of high moral character. Acceptance of a service academy appointment requires at least a nine-year service obligation, including four years at an academy and five years of active duty service. If you are interested in being considered for a service academy nomination, you must apply to me at my office by October 21, 2020, to be considered for the class entering the service academies in July 2021. Please contact my district office at 860-223-8412 with any questions.

As I’m sure you already know, I am given a limited number of nominations each school year. No matter the outcome of this process, I know you will go on to serve our country (both inside and outside of the United States Military) with your unique skills.


Jahana Hayes

United States Representative 



To be eligible for appointment, you must be an American citizen, at least 17 years old and not yet 23 years old on July 1 of the year you enter an academy (25 years old for United States Merchant Marine Academy). Further, you must not be married or pregnant, and you must not have any legal obligation to support children or other dependents. To apply for a nomination through my office, you must also be a legal resident of Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District. If you are not certain that your legal domicile is in Connecticut’s 5th, call my office and request address verification.


Application Requirements

  • A Nomination Application
  • A copy of your high school transcripts, including your GPA and the size of your class. If you have taken any college coursework outside of your high school, please include transcripts for those classes as well.
  • COVID-19 UPDATE: SAT/ACT scores are no longer required to submit our application for a nomination. Please note, the service academies still require them.
  • 3 letters of recommendation: one from a teacher, principal, or guidance counselor; one from an employer, coach, or extracurricular faculty advisor; and one from any person of your choice who is not related to you.

Once you have all materials listed above, your “full application” will be complete. Wait until you have everything together and mail one, “full application” to my office. In-person submissions will be accepted. My office is open from 9 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday and closed on some federal holidays.  


Your full application is due:

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 at 11:59 PM


Your full application should be mailed to my Waterbury office:

The Office of Congresswoman Jahana Hayes

Attn: Kayla Briere

108 Bank Street, 2nd Floor

Waterbury, CT 06702



*Please do NOT send any materials to the Washington, D.C. office.

Once all applications have been received, qualified applicants will be invited to interview with members of the Service Academy Advisory Committee. 


Additional Information

In addition to the above requirements, each academy has established academic, physical, and leadership requirements for admission. Candidates for appointment to each academy must: 


Demonstrate comprehensive academic preparation;

Demonstrate leadership in athletics and other extracurricular activities;

Take the SAT, or the ACT;

Pass a comprehensive medical examination; and

Pass a physical aptitude examination


Individuals seeking to appoint to a service academy must also separately apply to each service academy to which he or she seeks to be appointed. Each academy requires the submission of a preliminary application to initiate the admissions process. Preliminary application materials are available from the academics website.


Academy Contact Information


United States Naval Academy

USNA Candidate Guidance Office

Annapolis, MD 21402-5018


United States Air Force

Academy Admissions Office

USAF Academy, CO 80840-5025


United States Military Academy

Admissions Office

600 Thayer Road West Point, NY 10996-9902


United States Merchant Marine Academy

Office of Admissions

Kings Point, NY 11024-1699