One of my most important responsibilities as your Senator is nominating young men and women for admission to our country’s service academies. Admission to a service academy is a two-tiered process. First, the candidate must apply through the Academy directly. There are five (5) service academies that offer appointments to highly qualified individuals who meet eligibility requirements and are the most competitive in academic performance, physical fitness, medical standards, extracurricular involvement, leadership traits, motivation and aptitude for military service. The second tier in pursuing admission is the Congressional Nominations process. An individual must meet the admissions requirements of the Academy as well as receive a nomination in order to be offered an appointment to the Academy. You do not need a Congressional Nomination for the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Applicants should direct any questions regarding the admissions process of a particular Academy to that Academy’s Admissions office. Information can be obtained through the contact information below:
United States Air Force Academy
Director of Admissions
Colorado Springs, CO 82840-5651
1 (800) 443-9266
United States Coast Guard Academy
31 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4195
(800) 883-USCG (8724)
United States Merchant Marine Academy
300 Steamboat Road
Kings Point, NY 11024-1699
United States Military Academy at West Point
Admissions, Building 606
West Point, NY 10996
United States Naval Academy
Candidate Guidance Office
117 Decatur Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5018
Candidates seeking a nomination to a service academy must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1 of the year of admission to an academy: be at least 17 years old but not have passed the 23rd birthday; be a U.S. citizen; be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.
Each United States Senator and United States Representative may have no more than five people attending each service academy at any given time. Most members of Congress allocate at least one open vacancy each year. For each vacancy, ten nominations may be submitted to the respective service academy admissions office. Offers of appointment are made by the admissions office on a competitive basis measuring the overall qualifications and eligibility of all nominees. Service Academy nomination applications for those graduating from high school in 2022 are currently being considered.
Service academy applicants are eligible for nomination by both United States Senators in the state of their legal residence and the United States Representative for the District in which they reside as well as the Vice President. Applicants should apply for nomination to all four nominating sources.
The application for nominations to service academies is now live. To apply CLICK HERE.
All documentation for your application must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, September 23, 2022. The preferred method of receipt is through email to firstname.lastname@example.org. However, if express mail is warranted, to avoid delays documents should be expressed to: Office of U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner, Attn: Academy Nomination Coordinator, 101 W. Main Street, Suite 7771, Norfolk, VA 23510. Due to potential U.S. Postal Service delays, items sent by regular mail are not guaranteed to be received on time. If you have not submitted all of the required information by the deadline, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for a nomination.
Applying to Academies
You are encouraged to apply early to any and all service academies for which you have a sincere interest. You may apply online at the respective service academy web site. If you meet the minimum eligibility and entrance requirements, the academy will forward a formal application package. You should return all requested materials as directed by the academy as quickly as possible. If you are considered an "official" candidate by the academy, you will be scheduled for a medical examination by the Department of Defense Medical Review Board (DODMERB). You will also complete a Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA).
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Academy Day 2023
Senator Mark Warner invites high school and middle school students, their parents or guardians, and school counselors to Academy Day 2023.
The event will include a seated program that will provide a comprehensive overview of the United States service academies and their admission processes. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions during the interactive service academy panel. Information will also be shared regarding application procedures for congressional nominations, medical requirements for the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DoDMERB), and ROTC options that exist at higher education institutions in the Commonwealth.
Following the program, attendees will be able to meet with officials from all five academies as well as representatives from DoDMERB, Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Richmond, ROTC programs at Randolph-Macon College and the University of Virginia, the United States Marine Corps, the Virginia Military Institute, the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin University, and the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets at their resource tables. Staff from Virginia congressional offices will also be available to answer questions.
As the event concludes, Randolph-Macon College will be offering campus tours. To participate, please meet in the bricked courtyard area in front of the Center for the Performing Arts at 1pm.
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m., doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Location: Randolph-Macon College Center for the Performing Arts,
Blackwell Auditorium, 205 Henry Street, Ashland, VA 23005
Register online here: https://academyday2023.eventbrite.com. If you have any questions about the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.