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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

Military Academy Nominations - FAQ

Frequently asked questions for those seeking a Military Service Academy nomination. 

What is a nomination?

Members of Congress may nominate applicants who meet the eligibility requirements 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
  • A U.S. Senator who represents the state in which the candidate resides
  • The Vice President of the United States

What are the basic eligibility requirements?

Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1 of the year of admission to an academy:

  • Age: Be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday.
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Marital Status: Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents.
  • Residence: Must reside within the boundaries of the Fourth Congressional District of Texas.
  • Skill and Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy.

Who do I contact to request an application?

Please contact Congressman Ratcliffe’s district office at 972-771-0100 to request a nomination packet.

When do I apply for a nomination?

Rep. Ratcliffe's nomination application period opens in April of each year for those candidates who are high school juniors and will be seniors the following school year, or who have already graduated. As long as the student meets the age requirement, a student may apply post high school graduation.

What is the deadline for completing a nomination file?

The deadline for submitting a nomination packet to Rep. Ratcliffe's district office is listed on the application packet cover page. Please contact Congressman Ratcliffe’s district office at 972-771-0100 for more details.

What must be included in my nomination file?

A complete nomination file consists of the following items:

  • Completed Application (Form from Congressman Ratcliffe)
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Copy of Senior Class Schedule
  • Copy of Your High School Profile (your counselor may provide this)
  • American College Testing Program (ACT) results and/or College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) results
  • Completed Personal Recommendations from a Community Member, an Educator and a  Religious or a Service Organization Leader (total of 3 - forms included in application)
  • Completed Applicant Questionnaire (included in application)
  • Current Photo

What happens after I have completed my nomination file?

Applicants who submit a completed nomination file will be contacted if they qualify for a  scheduled interview by November.

What criteria is used in selecting candidates?

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.

How many academies are there?

There are five service academies:

Are the requirements the same for all of the service academies?

No. Although many of the qualifications are similar, each academy operates under its own admissions guidelines. Visit the academy of your choice via the websites noted for each academy's particular admissions qualifications. It is not necessary to seek a nomination to the Coast Guard Academy, as the U.S.C.G.A. accepts candidates based on their own testing criteria.

Will I automatically be selected by the academy after I receive a nomination?

No. You will be placed among a select group of nominees, and the academy of your choice will make the final decision. If selected, you will receive an offer of admission (an appointment) directly from the academy.

What if I choose more than one academy? Will I be limited to a single nomination?

No. It is possible to receive a nomination to multiple academies, depending the number of applicants and on how competitive you are among this year's pool of candidates. It is also possible to win multiple appointments.

When will I know if I have been offered an appointment by an academy?

Academies will begin to notify candidates of their admission status in February. All offers of appointment are generally sent out by May.