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 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 nomination from an official source for appointment. Of the official sources available to nominate a candidate to a service academy, a congressional nomination is the most sought after.
Congressman Mike Garcia may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot allotted to the 25th District. To request a service academy nomination from our office, please complete the form below and submit your completed packet by November 19th, 2021. Following submission of your completed packet, an interview with a panel of academy graduates will be held to determine the nomination status of each candidate. For the Class of 2026, interviews are scheduled to be held on Saturday, December 18th, 2021. Names of candidates being nominated by Congressman Garcia will be submitted to the academies before January 7th, 2022, and, at around the same time, candidates will be notified of their nomination status. Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of our nation’s service academies and serving our country.
Items Needed for a Completed Packet
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
- One-Page Paper on "Why I Want to Attend a Service Academy"
- SAT/ACT Scores
- Class Rank and GPA from Official High School Transcripts
- Extra-Curricular Activities
These items required for a completed packet do not have to be submitted all at once and it is strongly encouraged that each applicant submit their documents as they are completed to any of the District Offices.