Military Academy Nominations - FAQ

Frequently asked questions for those seeking a Military Academy nomination. You may also fill out a Military Academy Nominations Form.

What is a nomination?

All appointments to the service academies are made by the President.  To be considered for an appointment, you must have a nomination from an authorized nominating source. Title 10, U.S. Code, establishes two nomination categories. The first, usually referred to as a “congressional nomination,” includes the nomination of the Vice President and Members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives. The second, referred to as “service-connected” or “military affiliated” nominations, includes the selections of the President and nominations of the appropriate service (i.e. Secretary of the Army for nominations to the U.S. Military Academy).

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:

  • Citizenship: U.S. citizenship, or having obtained it by graduation
  • Residency: Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District
  • Congressional nomination: United States Air Force Academy, United States Naval Academy, United States Merchant Marine Academy and United States Military Academy
  • Age: by July 1 of entering year, at least 17, but not older than 23
  • Marital Status or Dependency: unmarried, not pregnant, no legal obligation to support children
  • Academic: Must complete SAT-1 or ACT examinations
  • Must pass academy physical requirements and medical examination
  • Must be of strong moral character

How do I receive Congressman Richmond’s Academy Nomination Application?

Return to, complete and return the application, along with all supporting documents to Congressman Richmond's New Orleans District Office.

When do I apply for a nomination?

The congressman can only nominate students who are going to be at least 17 years old by July 1 of the year entering an Academy and no older than 23. However, we recommend that students begin familiarizing themselves with the various academies and their respective requirements early in their high school years. Please contact the office at (504) 288-3777 for other questions not addressed on the congressman’s website or this FAQ sheet.

What is the deadline for completing a nomination file?

The deadline for submitting the completed application to Jessica Simeon in the New Orleans office is close of business on Friday, November 15, 2019. **(Applications are due annually on the third Friday of November).**

What must be included in my nomination file?

A complete nomination file consists of the following items:

1) Application Form

2) A current headshot photo of applicant (wallet size)

3) Extra-Curricular Activities Worksheet

4) Nomination Questionnaire (Essay Question)

5) Letters of Recommendation (three)

6) SAT I or ACT scores

7) Official Transcripts

Please do not send copies of certificates or commendations as only the required documents will be considered.

What happens after I have completed my nomination file?

Qualified applicants who meet the basic eligibility requirements and complete a nomination file by the application deadline will be invited to meet with Congressman Richmond’s Service Academy Nomination Board.

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. Refer to the Service Academy Contact Information for the academy of your choice and contact them directly for an academy catalog. Each academy will outline its particular admissions qualifications.

Can I have family members submit letters of recommendation?

Congressman Richmond requires three letters of recommendation. Recommendations from family members are generally discouraged, but will be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

Typical recommendations are from those listed below:

  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Employer
  • 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?

Some Academies will begin to notify candidates of their admissions as early as January. All offers of appointment are generally sent out by May.