United States Service Academy Nominations | Representative Harley Rouda

United States Service Academy Nominations


The honor of attending a United States service academy comes with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. For more information, please review the page of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Service Academy Nomination.

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.

Representative Rouda may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot allotted to our district. To request a Service Academy Nomination from our office, please complete the form below. Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country.


  • Application Window Open: Spring 201
    • Students interested in the Service Academy are able to submit applications online.
    • We do require three letters of recommendation for the Service Academy Nomination process. A letter from a science or math teacher is recommended but not required. If you have recommenders who would like to write a letter on your behalf, please direct them to submit directly to the information below. Keep in mind that there is a limit of three (3) letters of recommendation per applicant.
      • Email Letters of Rec: Laura Oatman, District Director + Alexander Gonzalez, Field Representative
        • Laura.Oatman@mail.house.gov
        • Alexander.Gonzalez@mail.house.gov
  • October 10, 2019: Info Session 2
    • Congressman Rouda and his staff will hold an information session to guide students and parents through the process. Representatives from each academy will be present to provide personal insight into the application process.
  • Saturday November 30, 2019: Application Window Closes
    • Final deadline for all applications is November 30th, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Applications are due on Representative Rouda website.
  • Mid-December 2019 Interview Process
    • A panel service representatives will interview each candidate Thursday December 5 from 3:00 - 8:00 pm and Saturday December 7 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Finalists will be announced in January 2020.


Checklist for Nomination Application Packet:

  • Completed Application. It is important that the form be filled out neatly and be completed in ink or typed.
  • Resume of extracurricular activities, including employment (if any), clubs, volunteer activities, and sports teams.
  • Essay/Personal Statement. In 500 words or less, explain why you want to join a military academy. If you have a preference for a particular academy, explain why you have selected that academy. Discuss what service means to you and why you should receive a nomination.
  • Official Transcript. Please include the most recent grades available. You are welcome to submit transcripts for any college work that you have completed.
  • A copy of your ACT and/or SAT scores. The SAT Code for our office is 4461. The ACT code for our office is 7287.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may come
  • from teachers, guidance counselors, coaches and/or employers. It is recommended that at least one letter must come from a science or math teacher. Letters from family members will not be accepted. All letters must be signed and submitted in sealed envelopes. 


PDF iconU.S. Service Academy Nomination Application.pdf

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Academy Information

Number your preference (1 to 4) of academies — with 1 being your highest preference

An appointment to the Service Academies is based on a desire by the candidate to devote a lifetime of military service and implies recognition by the appointee of an obligation to the government to devote him / herself to a military career.

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Please include a list of your extra curricular activities and leadership responsibilities.

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