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Service Academy Nominations

As a Member of Congress, I have the privilege of nominating exceptional young people for admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy, known collectively as the U.S. Service Academies.  My office also works with students interested in the Coast Guard Academy. The U.S. Service Academies offer opportunities for motivated young men and women to serve their country while receiving an excellent education and developing valuable leadership skills.  In place of tuition, the Academies require military service after graduation. 

If you're interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy, check out the resources below and our upcoming academy day. If you have any questions, please contact Evan Nash at or call 513-474-7777

Pathway to an Academy Nomination

Admission to the U.S. Service Academies is highly competitive and selective, as is the process of securing a nomination. Here are some things to consider on your pathway to a nomination and, ultimately, admission to an Academy:  

Academic Achievement: 

The U.S. Military Academies are looking for candidates who have a strong record of academic achievement. Your high school GPA and class rank are important indicators of your academic record, as are the kinds of courses you take. Consider taking more challenging courses (like AP/Honors classes, math and science classes, etc.) whenever possible.  

Leadership and Service: 

Candidates for the Academies must demonstrate outstanding leadership both in and outside of the classroom. Participating in extracurricular activities like athletics, clubs, and community service organizations can help you develop and hone your leadership skills. 

 Summer Programs: 

The U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy each offer a variety of summer programs for prospective applicants. Participating in one or more of these programs is a great way to become acquainted with life at the Academies. Click on the links below to learn more about these opportunities.
        U.S. Military Academy at West Point 
        The Summer Leaders Experience 
        Sports Camps 
        STEM Programs

        U.S. Air Force Academy
        Summer Seminar
        Sports Camps 
        U.S. Naval Academy
        Summer Seminar
        Summer STEM Program
        Sports Camps 

Academy Day

Interested in joining a service academy? Come join my team at our Academy Day information session with representatives from each of the U.S. Service Academies on Saturday, April 27th, 2024, at the Union Township Civic Center from 9-11 AM. RSVP to if you are planning to attend!

Applying for an Academy Nomination

To be considered for a nomination to one of the United States Service Academies for the graduating class of 2029, your application must be received by the Union Township District Office by 5:00 p.m. on September 13, 2024. Your completed file must contain the following:

 1.         Completed Application Form

 2.         High School Transcript – Transcript must include all course work, GPA, and class rank.

 3.         Standardized Test Scores – Please provide official scores from the ACT or SAT, or both, as reflected on a school transcript or in official documentation from ACT or SAT.

4.         High School Recommendation – Please provide a letter of recommendation written by your Guidance Counselor or High School Principal. 

5.         Letters of Recommendation – Please provide 2 additional letters of recommendation.

6.         Community & School Activity List – Please list all school, athletic, and community activities and other significant accomplishments/awards.

7.         Essay – Please provide an essay (300 words or less) outlining why you want to attend a United States Service Academy and then serve in the military as a commissioned officer.

8.         Interview – All applicants will be required to attend an interview session conducted by our Academy Panel.  Dates, times, and locations will be determined at a later date.

9.         Photograph – Please provide a current 5x7 photograph.

10.       Deadline – Send the above information by September 13, 2024.

The nomination materials referenced above are SEPARATE AND DISTINCT from the application materials you must submit directly to the Academies. 

Please make sure to also begin your pre-candidate file with each Academy to which you plan to make application. 

Click here to access my office's 2024 Academy Nomination Application form.