Military Academy Nominations
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.
Members of Congress may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies:
- the 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.
Note that the fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.
Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st of the year of admission to an academy:
- Age: Must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday;
- Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen;
- Family Status: Must be unmarried, not pregnant and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents;
- Residence: Must reside within the boundaries of the 19th Congressional District of New York;
- Skill / Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical and academic requirements of the Academy.
What is a nomination?
Members of Congress may nominate applicants who meet the eligibility requirements as established by law. A candidate may seek a nomination from the following:
- A member of the U.S. House of Representatives who represents the congressional district in which the candidate resides;
- Either of the U.S. Senators from his or her state;
- The President or Vice-President of the United States;
- The Secretaries of the Army, Navy, or Air Force;
- The Superintendents of the service academies.
What if I choose more than one academy? Will I be limited to a single nomination?
- No. You can be nominated to multiple academies depending on how well you have competed among this year’s pool of candidates. It is also possible to win multiple appointments.
Congressional Nomination Methods
Congressman Delgado may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot allotted to our district. High School and/or College students living in the 19th Congressional District that are seeking a congressional nomination from Congressman Delgado are required to:
- Complete Congressman Delgado’s Service Academy Nomination Application Packet
- Interview with New York's 19th Congressional District Service Academy Selection Board.
Nominations are based on a “whole person” evaluation. Factors such as academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character and motivation are taken into consideration and compared with other applicants. Congressman Delgado’s office uses an evaluation method known as “Principal with Numbered Alternates.”
To request a Military Academy Nomination from our office, please complete the application process outlined below. Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country.
High school students scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2020 who wish to apply to a service academy (class of 2024) can send completed applications to the Kingston District office. Applicants should plan to complete and submit their nomination packet to the District Office by 5 PM October 31, 2019.
A complete nomination file consists of the following items:
- Application Form; Download the 2019 nomination packet.
- Current photo
- High school/College transcript
- Standardize Test Scores (SAT/ACT)
- Resume of extracurricular activities
- Narrative responses to six questions in the application form.
- Three letters of recommendation: Applicants typically seek letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, employers, coaches, clergy, and scout leaders. A specific recommendation form is not required. A letter is sufficient.
Interviews with Selection Committee members will occur during the fall of 2019. Applicants are eligible to undergo an interview with members of the Service Academy Selection Board only if they submit their completed application packet in a timely manner. Following initial interviews, applicants who have submitted a completed nomination file will be scheduled for a final interview which will occur in December 2019.
Applicants who receive a nomination will be placed among a select group of nominees and the academy of your choice will make the final decision. If selected, applicants will receive an offer of admission (an appointment) directly from the academy. Academies will begin to notify candidates of their admission status in February 2020. All offers of appointment are generally sent out by May 2020.
Who should I contact with further questions?
Feel free to call our Service Academy Coordinator in the Kingston District Office at 845-443-2930.