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 2022
Senator Warner’s Academy Day 2022 occurred on April 23rd. The video from the event is shared here as a resource for you to learn more about the service academy application process, congressional nomination process, DoDMERB, and Virginia ROTC programs.
You can watch the full video or skip ahead to the sections that align with your interests:
Senator Warner’s Welcome Remarks: 2 minutes 12 seconds
Senator Warner’s Office Congressional Nominations: 3 minutes 23 seconds
Virginia Congressional Delegation: 11 minutes 12 seconds
Virginia ROTC Programs: 30 minutes 6 seconds
DoDMERB: 51 minutes 28 seconds
United States Air Force Academy: 53 minutes 30 seconds
United States Coast Guard Academy: 1 hour 17 minutes 56 seconds
United State Merchant Marine Academy: 1 hour 26 minutes 25 seconds
United States Military Academy: 2 hours 11 minutes 21 seconds
United States Naval Academy: 2 hours 35 minutes 59 seconds