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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Representing the District of Columbia

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Service Academy Nominations

Each year, as a Member of Congress, I nominate high school students from D.C. public and private high schools to four military service academies. Successful candidates, 17 to 23 years of age, receive a free college education and remain in the military for at least five years after graduation. A nomination to one of the United States service academies is a distinct and rare honor. Acceptance of an Academy appointment involves at least a nine-year obligation to the Service: four years at the Academy and at least five years of active duty service.

Click to access the 2017 fact sheet, updates for returning applicants, and 2017 application in MS Word format. You may contact my northeast District Office at (202) 408-9041 if you have questions about these forms.

**The deadline for potential nominees to submit for 2016 is November 1, 2016.**

General Information:
The nominating process is competitive. You are, therefore, urged to seek nominations from several nominating sources. Most nominations are made by Members of Congress, but in addition to my office, you should seek a nomination from the Vice President. You may also seek nominations through certain military affiliated categories: Presidential (for children of career military personnel), children of deceased or disabled veterans, children of military or civilian personnel in missing status, children of Medal of Honor recipients, members of Regular or Reserve Components, and members of the R.O.T.C. or J.R.O.T.C. In any case, please alert my office if you are nominated by another authority.

I make nominations to the following Service Academies:

  1. The United States Military Academy at West Point:
  2. The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis:
  3. The United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point:
  4. The United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs:

 The United States Coast Guard Academy has direct admissions and does not require a congressional nomination. Find out more at: