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service academy nominations

Thank you for your interest in applying to a U.S. service academy. It's an honor to select outstanding young New Mexican students for nomination to our nation's four military academies: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy. I'm grateful for your commitment to serving our nation.

Eligibility criteria

  • A U.S. citizen;
  • A legal 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, 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.

Service academy information night

High school students interested in attending a U.S. service academy can attend a virtual information session on Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 P.M. MT to learn more about the nomination process and talk directly with academy representatives.

Important application dates

  • Application process opens on April 5, 2024
  • Application closes on October 14, 2024
  • Interview Day is on November 16, 2024

More Information

Every year my office hosts military service academy information nights with representatives from each service academy to field questions from prospective applicants and parents. 

If you were unable to attend the virtual session, check out our recordings.