Thank you for your interest in obtaining a nomination to a U.S. Service Academy. 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. Students who are selected receive a tuition-free undergraduate degree — including full room and board — from one of the most prestigious colleges in the nation.
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. Congresswoman Porter is able to nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot allotted to our district.
Our office will begin holding service academy information sessions in September and October. Information about these sessions will be posted on our website and social media pages.
To request a U.S. Service Academy Nomination from our office, you must complete the form below and send the completed nomination application package to our Irvine office. Please note that, in addition to requesting a nomination from our office, students must also apply to each academy for admission.
Service Academy Nomination File Checklist
- Current photo or headshot
- Official high school transcript
- Copy of American College Testing Program (ACT) results and/or College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) results
- Resumé of extracurricular activities
- An essay stating why you want to attend a service academy (500 words max)
- Three letters of recommendation (two from academic sources)
- Letters of recommendation may come from teachers, guidance counselors, coaches and/or employers whereas letters from family members will not be accepted. All letters must be signed and submitted in sealed envelopes.
To be considered for a nomination to a U.S. Service Academy, the completed application, together with ALL supporting materials, must be received by our Irvine district office by Sunday, November 12, 2023. You may either mail them in or physically drop them off. As nominations are highly competitive, applicants are encouraged to apply for nominations with additional offices, including those of President Biden, Vice President Harris, Senator Feinstein, or Senator Padilla.
Applicants will be evaluated by a voluntary panel of qualified judges on a number of holistic factors, including academic performance, intelligence, leadership ability, moral character, extracurricular activities, and motivation to serve.
For more information, please review the page of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a U.S. Service Academy Nomination. For any other questions, please email email@example.com or call our Irvine district office at (949) 668-6600.
Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country.
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