Service Academy Nominations
Attending a service academy comes with the commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez may nominate candidates for appointment to all the service academies except for the Coast Guard Academy, which does not require a congressional appointment.
To request a Service Academy Nomination from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, please complete a nomination file. Applications will be due to our office by Nov 1, 2021.
The honor of attending a service academy comes with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies: the 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.
Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st of the year of admission to the academy. These requirements are set by the academies, not our office:
- Be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday (25th birthday for the Merchant Marine Academy)
- Be a U.S. citizen or national
- Be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents
- Reside within the boundaries of the 14th Congressional District of New York
- Meet the medical, physical and academic requirements of the Academy
Nominations are based on a "whole person" evaluation. Factors such as academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, character and motivation are taken into consideration and compared with other applicants.
Please note that in addition to applying for a nomination from our office, you MUST also apply directly to the academy of your choice. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s nomination does not automatically result in selection by the service academies. Selection to each academy is ultimately decided upon by the academy to which the appointee has applied.