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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

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. In order for a student to receive an offer to attend a military service academy, the student must apply directly to the academy AND apply for a nomination. Please thoroughly read all the information below.

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.

To request a Military Academy Nomination application from our office, please contact Lorie Grinnan (see below). 

 Admission to a service academy is a two-tiered, separate process. First, the candidate must apply and meet the minimum admission standards set by the individual academy. These standards include, among others, medical, physical and scholastic qualifications. The second tier is obtaining a nomination from an official source. An individual must meet the admission requirements of the academy, as well as, receive a nomination in order to be considered for appointment to the academies. It is best to apply to an academy and apply for a nomination at least one year prior to the desired date of entry. The nomination and admission process is fully explained in each academy's catalog and web page.

Acceptance to a service academy requires a nomination from an official source: one of the applicant’s U.S. Senators, his/her U.S. Representative, or the Vice President of the United States. Children of career and/or retired military personnel may also seek a nomination through the Office of the President of the United States. Applicants should pursue all of these avenues to increase their chances of securing a nomination. Beginning in May of an applicant's junior year in high school, the student may request in writing a nomination application packet from my District Office. 

Please note: The Fourth District Service Academy nomination cycle for the Class of 2021, entering in Summer 2017, is CLOSED. Nomination packets for the Class of 2022 are NOW AVAILABLE. Your completed nomination application packet must be delivered to the Rockwall office by Oct. 18, 2017. Candidates will be contacted, if qualified, for an interview to be conducted in December by Congressman Ratcliffe’s Academy Nomination Advisory Board.

Service Academy Applicants must be:

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Legal Residents of the Fourth Congressional District of Texas
  • At least 17 years of age, but not yet 23 years of age, by July 1 of the year of admission (or not yet 25 years of age by July 1 of the year of admission to U.S. Merchant Marine Academy)
  • Unmarried with no dependents
  • By law, graduates of the service academies are appointed to active duty as commissioned officers and serve in the appropriate branch of the military for a minimum of five years.

Please be sure to contact the service academy of your preference directly to establish a pre-candidate file. Candidates are evaluated for admission on the basis of academic performance (high school record and SAT or ACT scores), demonstrated leadership potential, physical aptitude, and medical qualification. Each service academy will be able to answer specific questions and schedule individual medical examinations. Due to the rigorous physical program at the academies, all candidates must meet their specific medical and physical requirements. (Such examinations are separate from my nomination process and are required prior to receiving an appointment to a service academy.) Ultimate selection of appointees rests solely with academy officials and is based on their competitive evaluation of all nominees.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact: 

Lorie Grinnan, Regional Representative
Office of Congressman John Ratcliffe
6531 Horizon Road, Suite A
Rockwall, TX 75032
Phone: 972-771-0100
Note: Please provide name, home address, school, graduation date, home or cell phone number, and email address.

For frequently asked questions, please: click here.

To obtain catalogs and other specific information on the academies, contact them directly: U.S. Military Academy (Army)
Admissions Office
606 Thayer Road
West Point, New York 10996-1797
(800) 822-2769 U.S. Naval Academy
USNA Admissions
117 Decatur Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5018
(800) 822-2769
Air Force Academy  U.S. Air Force Academy
Admissions Office
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80840-565
(800) 443-9266
  U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Admissions Office
Kings Point, New York 11024-1699
(800) 732-6267 For admission to the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), congressional nominations are no longer required or submitted. Therefore, if you are interested in attending the USCGA, contact them directly:

U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Admissions Office
New London, CT 06320-4195
(203) 444-8501