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What is a nomination?

To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, an applicant must have a nomination from an authorized nominating source. Title 10, U.S. Code, establishes two nomination categories--congressional and military service-connected. Applicants who meet eligibility requirements may apply for and receive nominations in both categories.

Members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives may nominate applicants who meet the eligibility requirements established by law. Senators nominate from applicants in their entire state. Representatives nominate from applicants domiciled in their congressional districts (as constituted at the time of their election). Applicants may apply for and receive nominations from both their United States senators and from their representative. Applicants may also apply to the vice president of the United States who can nominate applicants at large.

Applicants should apply to the service academy of their choice in the spring of their junior year in high school and request a nomination from the appropriate nomination source shortly thereafter.

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