Military Academy Nominations


One of the requirements of acceptance to a Service Academy is to obtain a Congressional Nomination. As a Member of the United States Congress, I have the honor and privilege of nominating qualified candidates who meet the physical and academic requirements and have a desire to serve our country to the United States Military Academies. My Father is a World War II Veteran.  I have the highest respect for the young men and women who are willing to stand up and take the oath to defend our Country.  I have assembled an outstanding Academy Review Board, and the decision to nominate is weighed very carefully. I may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot allotted to our district. 

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. For more information, please review the page of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination.

Members of Congress may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. 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 congressional nomination for appointment.

Your first priority is to contact the Academy(s) of your choice and request a pre-candidate application. To qualify for a nomination to one of the four academies, you must be a United States Citizen; a resident of the Tennessee’s Third District; between the ages of 17 and 23 (25 for Merchant Marine Academy); and unmarried with no dependents.

You can start the nomination process as early as the spring of your High School Junior year. If you are interested in applying for a nomination for the entering class of 2022 please request a Military Academy Nomination from our office by clicking this PDF, or calling my Academy Coordinator in the Oak Ridge office at 865-576-1976 to have an application mailed to you. The deadline to have your completed application for nomination is November 1, 2021.

Once you have informed the academy admissions office of your interest, service academy officials will establish a candidate file to keep track of your application. The Congressional Nomination is only one part of the admissions process. You will also need to submit application materials directly to the academies and report for physical and medical evaluations.

Attending any of the military academies will offer you an excellent education, training and leadership experience that will serve you well as you embark on a profession as a military officer. Graduation from a service Academy obligates you to serve five years of active duty.

The acceptance for admission is very competitive. You may apply to more than one academy to increase your chances of admission. The academies also recommend that you apply to all available nominating authorities. Please visit the websites for the academies for further information and eligibility requirements

Please know that I am proud of all of our young people in the Third District and it is my distinct honor to represent you in Congress. I wish you the best as you move forward with the application process.

For more information please see the 2020 Military Academy Day that my office held.