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Members of Congress are able to 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.

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. Congresswoman Jayapal may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot allotted to our district. For more information, please review the FAQ.

Congresswoman Jayapal uses the “competitive nomination” selection process for academy candidates. Using this method, ten nominations are submitted by our office to each academy. These ten people are selected based on their high school scholastic and extracurricular record, letters of recommendation, essay, and the results of the College Entrance Examination Board test scores. These nominees then compete on the academy level for the actual appointment.

All applications are due by November 13th, 2023.

Please find the 2023 Military Academy application here.

Please mail your completed application to our address:

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal
2033 6th Ave., Suite 1011
Seattle, WA 98121

Best wishes as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country!