Military Academy Nominations

As your Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, each year I have the privilege of nominating a limited number of people to four of the five service academies (U.S. Air Force AcademyU.S. Naval AcademyU.S. Merchant Marine AcademyU.S. Military Academy, and *U.S. Coast Guard Academy, ). Upon graduation, cadets earn a Bachelor of Science and a commission as an officer in the U.S. military. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. I applaud you for considering pursuing admission one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country. 
 
 
Additionally, you can request a Service Academy Nomination form from my office. The number to request the form is (702) 220-9823.
 

The Service Academy Nominee Selection Committee

In order to carry out this responsibility in an objective and nonpartisan manner, I enlist the aid of several distinguished Nevada residents to assist me in making nominations. The volunteers who serve on the First Congressional Service Academy Nominee Selection Committee are appointed on the basis of their interest and experience in the military and in education. 
 

The Selection Process

During the late spring through fall of each year, prospective candidates are invited to submit letters of inquiry to my office. In response, you receive a packet outlining the selection process and an application form to be completed and returned, along with a personal statement outlining your reasons for seeking nomination to a Service Academy. In addition, you must include a transcript of high school grades, rank in class, and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and/or American College Testing (ACT) scores. All candidates must also provide three letters of recommendation. You may wish to ask your principal, school guidance counselor, coach, employer, or someone who knows you well (not a relative) to submit a recommendation. 
 

Qualified Candidates

In order to nominate candidates who will meet the high admission standards of the service academies, the Selection Committee considers evidence of sound character, excellent scholarship, leadership potential, worthy goals, and strong motivation. These are qualities required to succeed as a student at the Academies and, following graduation, in service to the nation as a professional officer. Physical aptitude and medical fitness are determined by the academies prior to the offer of appointment.
 

The Interview

Each candidate meets privately with two committee members. Attributes such as motivation, leadership potential, and ability to communicate are evaluated on the basis of candidates' personal statements, recommendations received on their behalf, and their responses to interviewers' questions. 
 

Nomination and Appointment

When interviews have been completed, Committee members meet to choose the most qualified candidates for each available nomination. The objective scores, supplemented by the subjective judgments of the interviewing teams, are evaluated and a slate of ten candidates for each appointment is chosen. (Applicants may be nominated to more than one Academy if the Committee finds them qualified.) The Committee makes its recommendations to me and I share the most qualified applicants’ information with the Academies. The Academies conduct their own evaluations and select from among our nominees those deemed most qualified to fill the vacancies allotted to the First Congressional District. Additional appointments may be offered by the Academies themselves in order to bring the entering classes up to the desired number. 

The Service Academies offer a superb tuition-free education. If you have further questions regarding the Service Academy nomination process, please contact my district office. If you are interested in admission for the 2016/2017 academic year, please contact my office as soon as possible. 
 

2017 Important Dates

Students interested in a Service Academy nomination in the academic year 2017/2018 can obtain application materials by:

  • Write to me at 495 S. Main Street, 3rd Floor, Las Vegas, NV, 89101or fill out thePDF iconAcademy Nomination Packet 2017.pdf
  • October 30th - Application materials must be completed and turned into my district office by 5:00 p.m. No application will be accepted after this time.
  • November 10th - Candidates will receive notice of an appointment for an interview with the Service Academy Nominee Selection Committee. 
  • November 18th - Interviews will be conducted and nominees selected. Applicants will be notified of their status shortly thereafter.
  • December - Names of nominees are forwarded to the academies where appointments are offered on a competitive basis through the month of May. 
 
In order to be considered for a nomination, you must meet the following requirements established by the Academies: 
  • You must be a citizen of the United States. 
  • You must be a legal resident of the 1st Congressional District in Nevada. 
  • You must never have been married if you are applying to the Air Force, Military (West Point) or Naval Academies. The Merchant Marine Academy will consider married applicants for admission. 
  • You must be at least 17 but not have reached your 23rd birthday by July 1st of the year of entrance into an Academy. 
  • You must be in good physical condition. 
**Note: The Coast Guard Academy does not require a nomination and candidates should apply directly to the institution. 
 

Military Service Academy Liaison:
(Check My District)

Mr. Hunter Cain
Phone: (702) 220-9823
Fax: (702) 220-9841
E-mail: hunter.cain@mail.house.gov