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, 2017
  • Application closes on October 13, 2017
  • Interview Day in Albuquerque is on November 11, 2017
    • All candidates who submit a completed application packet by the October 13 deadline will be invited for an in person interview.

Military Service Academy Information Nights Are As Follows:   

Santa Fe - Thursday, April 13, 2017

WHAT: Service Academy Information Session
WHEN: Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Capital High School Theater, 4851 Paseo Del Sol, Santa Fe, N.M. 87507
QUESTIONS: Call Senator Heinrich's Albuquerque Office at (505) 346-660

Albuquerque - Wednsday, April 19, 2017

WHAT: Service Academy Information Session
WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 From 6 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Highland High School, 4700 Coal Ave SE, Albuquerque, N.M. 87108
QUESTIONS: Call Senator Heinrich's Santa Fe Office at (505) 988-6647

Las Cruces - Thursday, April 27, 2017

WHAT: Service Academy Information Session
WHEN: Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Mayfield High School Library, 1955 N Valley Dr, Las Cruces, N.M. 88007
QUESTIONS: Call Senator Heinrich's Las Cruces Office at (575) 523-6561

Aztec, Bloomfield, Piedra, Farmington, Shiprock  - Thursday, May 4 to Friday, May 5, 2017

WHAT: Service Academy Information Sessions with students at the following San Juan County schools
WHEN: Thursday, May 4 to Friday, May 5 during school lunch hours
WHERE: Aztec High School, Bloomfield High School, Piedra Vista High School, Farmington High School, Kirtland Central High School, Shiprock High School
QUESTIONS: Call Senator Heinrich's Albuquerque Office at (505) 346-6601

Durango - Saturday, May 6, 2017

WHAT: Service Academy Information Session
WHEN: Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Durango High School, 2390 Main Ave, Durango, Colo. 81301
QUESTIONS: Call Senator Heinrich's Albuquerque Office at (505) 346-6601

Participating Institutions Include: 
U.S Military Academy; U.S. Naval Academy; U.S. Air Force Academy; U.S. Coast Guard Academy; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; UNM ROTC; NMSU ROTC; and New Mexico Military Institute
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