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Military Academy Nominations


Members of Congress may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies: U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, NY. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.

Acceptance at a Military Academy involves at least a nine-year obligation: four years at the Academy and a minimum of five years of active duty in the United States Military. You are obligated to serve in the United States Military at the beginning of your junior year at the Academy. It is in your best interest to request a nomination through all sources available to you: Presidential, Vice Presidential, Senatorial and Congressional. If either of your parents is currently on active duty and has served for at least eight years, or is retired from active duty or the Reserves, or was killed in action, then you may qualify got a Presidential nomination. Please check with the Admissions Office of your respective Military Academy for more details.

In addition to the submitting a complete nomination application to Congressman Harris, applicants must directly contact their respective military academy to open an admission file. Nominations cannot be awarded unless a file is open with the academy. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to more than one academy.

For more information, please review the PDF iconFrequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination and Academy 60-20-20 Advice.


As of July 1st of the year of admission, applicants must be:

  • 17 years of age, but not yet 23
  • A citizen of the United States
  • Unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support a child or dependent
  • A legal resident of Maryland’s 1st Congressional District


To be considered for a nomination, each applicant must submit a complete application before October 22, 2021. A complete application must include:

  • Online application
  • Three Letters of Recommendations: One letter should be written by your High School Principal or Guidance Counselor. Other letters may be written by teachers, coaches, scout masters, clergy or community leaders who can accurately comment and attest to your character, abilities and potential success at a Military Academy. Letters should be sealed and submitted with the application packet.
  • Official High School Transcript: Please include a copy of your Senior Class Schedule. Senior grades should be submitted as soon as they are available and will be accepted after the application deadline.
  • Photograph: 4x6 color photograph
  • Official SAT/ACT Scores: Scores must be sent directly to Congressman Harris’ Office by the testing service. The institution code for SAT scores is 5158 and the ACT scores code is 7443. You are encouraged to take the SAT or ACT exams “early and often” in order to improve your academic competitiveness. Academies will accept the highest scores in each academic area (superscore), regardless of testing date.


Applicants who submit a complete nomination packet on or before October 22, 2021 will be reviewed by Congressman Harris’ Military Service Academy Review Board (Board). Candidates will be invited to meet Congressman Harris (depending on his schedule) and be interviewed by the Board. This well-qualified, non-partisan Board ensures a fair and impartial nomination process. Applicants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the Military Service Academy interviews.

To request a Military Academy Nomination from our office, please complete the application form below. If you have questions about the application process, please contact my Military Academy Nomination Coordinator, Rachel Rosebrock, at