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Service Academy Nominations

Throughout my tenure in Congress, I've had the honor and privilege of nominating several outstanding young men and women for acceptance into our nation's military academies. With the United States' continued fight against terrorism throughout the globe and commitment to defending our homeland, recruiting top-notch talent for our armed forces is critically important.

Our service academies consist of the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.  Each institution plays an integral role in training young men and women to become tomorrow's military leaders.

If you are a resident of New Jersey's Fourth Congresssional District, between ages 17 and 22 (25 for the Merchant Marine Academy), a U.S. citizen and are single with no dependents, you can seek a nomination to one of the four service academies through my office.

You can start the application process as early as the spring of your junior year in high school. To begin the process, contact Scott Maraldo or Jo Schloeder on my staff at (732) 780-3035.

An application to compete for a nomination must include your SAT/ACT scores, an official high school transcript, an essay, three letters of recommendation, a photograph and a thorough listing of your extracurricular activities.

The annual application deadline is November 1.

An interview will be scheduled in December with the Fourth Congressional District Academy Nomination Advisory Committee. If you meet the qualifications, you can earn a Congressional nomination to one of the academies.  Each academy retains final authority regarding the issuance of an appointment to Congressional nominees.

Academy Websites

If you are still trying to decide if a service academy is a realistic option for you or if you would like to learn more about each academy, here are links you will find helpful. Thanks for your interest and best of luck!

United States Military Academy at West Point, NY

United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD

United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO

United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY

United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT
Unlike the other Academies, the Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination, rather appointments are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition.