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Service 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 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 27th District. To request a service academy nomination from our office, please complete the form below and submit your completed packet by Friday, November 17th, 2023. 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 2028, interviews are scheduled to be held on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023. Names of candidates being nominated by Congressman Garcia will be submitted to the academies before January 15th, 2024, and, at around the same time, candidates will be notified of their nomination status.

Please note that Congressman Mike Garcia will host his annual Service Academy Night from 6pm until 9pm on Thursday, September 7th, 2023.  The event provides detail regarding the academies, academy life, opportunities to meet academy representatives, and the nomination process.  The location will be announced prior to the event or can be found by calling the Santa Clarita District office at 661-568-4855. Click here to RSVP to Service Academy Night on Thursday, September 7th, 2023.

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

  • Picture
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (requires signature authentication)
  • One-Page Paper on "Why I Want to Attend a Service Academy"
  • SAT/ACT Scores
  • Class Rank and GPA from Official High School Transcripts (requires signature authentication)
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • An additional, digital copy of the following items: Picture, One-Page Paper on "Why I Want to Attend a Service Academy", SAT/ACT Scores, 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.

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Your Information

If available, please also include two phone numbers and two email addresses to insure that critical information can be successfully passed along to you from Congressman Garcia’s office during the application process.
Primary Contact: 

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Education Information
SAT Test Scores
ACT Test Scores
Academy and ROTC Scholarship Information

Please rank your level of interest in attending the service academies listed below. Do not include, in your ranking, any service academy to which you do not intend to apply for admission. Please note that applying to multiple academies increases the chances for an offer of appointment.

An appointment to a service academy is based on a desire by the candidate to devote a lifetime of military service and implies recognition by the appointee of an obligation to the government to devote himself/herself to a military career. Are you interested in an appointment on that basis?


In addition, please note that competition to attend a service academy is rigorous, and all the academies are highly selective. Assuming you have the overriding desire to serve your country, we strongly suggest that you also consider applying for a Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) scholarship that can be taken at a college or university offering such a program. However, the selection process for an ROTC scholarship is not a part of the congressional nomination program and must be pursued separately.

Do you intend to apply for an ROTC scholarship?

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