Academy Nominations

Thank you for your interest in applying to one of the United States Service Academies. Being nominated is a significant honor and the application process is rigorous. It is important to continue to strengthen our proud military history by providing each United States Service Academy with the most qualified and meritorious candidates.

Our nation's service academies offer four-year college educations to qualified students. Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, and the Coast Guard Academy receive commissions in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Merchant Marine, or Coast Guard, and are obligated to serve for at least five years after graduation. You do not need a Congressional nomination to attend the Coast Guard Academy.

I encourage all students who are interested in applying and willing to put forth significant time and effort to do so. 

If you are interested in pursuing this proud tradition, begin the nomination process by creating your online application account. You will be able to adjust and add to your application as needed through this account. Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending a U.S. Service Academy and serving our country. 

Eligibility for Nomination from U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich:

  • U.S. citizen;
  • New Mexico resident;
  • At least 17 years of age and not yet 23 years old on July 1 of the year the applicant would enter an academy (25 years old for U.S. Merchant Marine Academy);
  • Unmarried; and
  • Not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

Application Requirements

  • Online application with personal essay
  • Official SAT/ACT scores
  • Official high school transcript (in a signed and sealed envelope)
  • Three letters of recommendation from non-relatives
  • Service Academy Nomination Review Board interview

Individuals seeking appointment to a service academy must also separately apply to each service academy to which he or she seeks to be appointed. Each academy requires the submission of a preliminary application to initiate the admissions process. Preliminary application materials are available from the academies' websites.

Important Application Dates

  • Application process opens on April 4, 2018
  • Application closes on October 12, 2018
  • Interview Day in Albuquerque is on November 17, 2018
    • All candidates who submit a completed application packet by the October 12 deadline will be invited for an in person interview.

Military Service Academy Information Nights Are As Follows:   

Albuquerque - Thursday, April 5, 2018

WHAT: Service Academy Information Session
WHEN: Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. 
WHERE: Albuquerque High School, 800 Odelia Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
QUESTIONS: Call Senator Heinrich's Albuquerque Office at (505) 346-6601

Santa Fe - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

WHAT: Service Academy Information Session
WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. 
WHERE: Santa Fe High School, 2100 Yucca St, Santa Fe, NM 87505
QUESTIONS: Call Senator Heinrich's Santa Fe Office at (505) 988-6647

Las Cruces - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

WHAT: Service Academy Information Session
WHEN: Thursday, April 17, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. 
WHERE: Mayfield High School, 1955 N Valley Dr, Las Cruces, NM 88007
QUESTIONS: Call Senator Heinrich's Las Cruces Office at (575) 523-6561

Farmington - Saturday, May 5, 2018

WHAT: Service Academy Information Session
WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 1 to 4 p.m. 
WHERE: Farmington High School, 2200 N Sunset Ave, Farmington, NM 87401
QUESTIONS: Call Senator Heinrich's Farmington Office at (505) 325-5030

Carlsbad - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

WHAT: Service Academy Information Session
WHEN: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. 
WHERE: Carlsbad High School, 3000 W Church St, Carlsbad, NM 88220
QUESTIONS: Call Senator Heinrich's Roswell Office at (575) 622-7113

Receive Information About:

Service Academy Nominations
State ROTC Programs
ROTC Scholarships
Interview Processes
 
Meet and Talk With:
Representatives from each Service Academy
Representatives from Congressional Offices
Representatives from in-state ROTC Programs