Military Academy Nominations
CONGRESSMAN JERRY CARL
502 West Lee Avenue
Summerdale, AL 36580
FACT SHEET FOR APPLICANTS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING ONE OF THE UNITED STATES SERVICE ACADEMIES:
U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado
U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York
U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York
U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1 of the year of entry to a service academy:
AGE: Must be at least 17 years old but not have reached the 23rd birthday by July 1 of the year of admission.
* Merchant Marine Academy – shall not have reached the 25th birthday
CITIZENSHIP: Must be a United States citizen.
MARITAL STATUS: Must be unmarried and have no legal obligation for support of a child or other dependents.
GENERAL ADMISSION STANDARDS
CHARACTER: Must be of good moral character.
LEADERSHIP: Evidenced by participation and achievement in athletics, student body and class government, clubs and activities, scouting, church, and other community-oriented activities. A candidate who has worked to provide family support is considered to have demonstrated desirable leadership potential.
SCHOLARSHIP: Includes academic record; complete high school record; class rank; grades in mathematics, science, English, and other key areas; and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and/or American College Testing (ACT) test scores.
It is up to each candidate to schedule his or her own SAT and/or ACT test. If you do not take either of these tests, you cannot be considered for a nomination or appointment. To register for one of these tests, check with your guidance counselor for test dates or write directly to the programs at the following addresses:
P.O. Box 1414
Iowa City, IA 52243
My institution code is 7211.
College Entrance Examination Board
P.O. Box 592
Princeton, NJ 08540-6201
My institution code is 1092.
I prefer a candidate take both the ACT and SAT for my evaluation. When you submit your requests to take these tests, ask that the results be sent to the academy (or academies) of your choice and to me; however, I will accept scores posted on a certified school transcript as well. It is encouraged that all candidates take the tests as early as possible (preferably summer or fall), as this will enable you to take the exams over if you do not score well.
Medical examinations for all service academies are scheduled by the U.S. Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB). A medical examination will be authorized only if an individual receives an official nomination or if an evaluation of the Pre-Candidate Questionnaire indicates potential qualification for admission. You will be notified by letter as to the date, time, and place of your examination. If possible, it will be scheduled at a medical facility near your home. You must take a Physical Aptitude Examination (PAE) consisting of four exercises designed to measure coordination, strength, endurance, speed, and agility. You will be scheduled to take the PAE at an examination center as close as possible to your home.
Each U.S. Senator and Representative may have a maximum of five (5) cadets or midshipmen at each service academy charged to his or her office at any one time. A maximum of ten (10) candidates may be nominated for each vacancy. I make every effort to have a vacancy at each academy each year; however, this is not always possible.
In order to give every applicant who applies an equal opportunity, I use the competitive method of nominating. I submit to the academy an unranked slate of no more than ten (10) nominees for each vacancy. Each of these nominees should have previously contacted the academy in order to open an admission file and submit required documentation. The academy then conducts physical aptitude and medical examinations as indicated. When all required information has been compiled by the academy, the candidates are evaluated by an admission board which considers aspects of the candidates’ files. The candidates are ranked by the academy in order of merit, and the most highly qualified is selected for an offer of appointment to fill the vacancy.
Nominations are submitted to the various academies in January. Therefore, it is important for any interested applicant to contact me in early spring of their junior year and have all necessary information in his or her file well before the December 1 deadline.
OFFERS OF APPOINTMENT
Offers of appointment are usually made in April, prior to admission to the academy in June or July. The selection boards of the various academies contact me in early spring and notify me of those nominees have been selected for an offer of appointment.
MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY: A slightly different procedure will be followed for those interested in the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, inasmuch as the ten (10) nominations I am allowed to submit to the academy will then compete statewide for an appointment. However, the preliminary procedure as outlined previously will be the same for those who are interested in attending the Merchant Marine Academy. You may be considered for the Merchant Marine Academy along with the other academies if you wish.
The Merchant Marine Academy is a fine institution, and I would like to see more applicants interested in it. Midshipmen at this academy serve a tour of sea duty aboard an American-flag vessel and become familiar with a variety of the world’s trade routes. Upon graduation, they are not required to serve in any of the military branches on active duty but are members of the Naval Reserve for five (5) years.
COAST GUARD ACADEMY: The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is somewhat different from the previously mentioned schools in that a nomination from a Member of Congress is not required. Those applicants interested in the Coast Guard Academy can obtain a catalog and application through my office; however, these applications are submitted directly to the Coast Guard Academy. Appointments are based on a nation-wide competition.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL APPLICANTS
The following documentation must be sent to my Summerdale office before December 1 of your senior year to be considered for a nomination:
- Completed application;
- Recent photograph. A school yearbook-style photograph is preferred, as this picture will be used in my newsletter should you be given a nomination;
- Certified transcript of your grades forwarded by your school registrar. Be sure your class rank and grade point average are included;
- Résumé-style listing of school, church, and civic activities. Be sure to include any offices you currently hold or have held;
- Two letters of recommendation. These letters should be mailed directly to me by those submitting them on your behalf;
- SAT and/or ACT test scores. The scores must come directly from the testing agency or from your school registrar. If you are taking only one of these examinations, please indicate this on your application; and
- 100-word statement expressing, in your own words, your desire to attend one of the service academies.
It is necessary that all of the above information be furnished to me prior to the December 1 deadline. If any of this required documentation is missing from you file, you will not be given final consideration for a nomination.
You may discontinue the program at any time should your plans changes; however, please notify me if you make this decision.
I highly encourage you to also pursue alternate college plans in the event that you are not offered an appointment. In fact, if you feel your background is weak in the subjects provided, you may want to take a semester or two of college work before applying to one of the academies.
If you need any additional information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Allison Clark in my Baldwin County office at email@example.com, or by calling (251) 677-6630.
GOOD LUCK AND KNOW THAT I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU TOWARD ACHIEVING YOUR GOAL!