Press Release

Rep. Cuellar Announces Nomination Applications for U.S. Service Academies

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WASHINGTON, May 5, 2017 | Rafael Benavides ((956) 725-0639) | comments

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) today announced that nomination applications for U.S. Service Academies are now live on his web site.

Every year, Congressman Cuellar has the privilege of nominating young men and women from the 28th Congressional District for admission into our nation’s four service academies that require a congressional nomination: the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King's Point. (The U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London has its own selection process based on a nationwide merit-based competitive process, for which congressional nominations are not required.)

“This is a highly competitive application process,” Congressman Cuellar said. “Our nation’s service academies take only the very best students from across the country and mold them into outstanding leaders. This year, I had seven students from across my district that were accepted either into a U.S. Service Academy or a U.S. Service Academy Preparatory School—the largest in my district’s history. I am very proud of the students that our district produces and, as a supporter of our armed services and higher education, I am honored to nominate them. I thank these students and their families for choosing to serve our armed services.”

Instruction for the nomination applications for the Class of 2022 can be accessed here. All applications must be postmarked by Friday, November 3, 2017.

Candidates interested in seeking a nomination from Congressman Cuellar to one of these academies must download a copy of the application packet on in addition to applying directly to the academy's admissions office.

Basic Requirements for Service Academy Eligibility

·         Must be at least 17, but not yet 23 years old by July 1 of year of admission to the academy

·         Must be a citizen of the United States

·         Must be unmarried

·         Cannot be pregnant or have legal obligation to support a child or other dependents

·         Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy

The nomination process is competitive, so applicants hoping to attend one of these academies should consider this opportunity very carefully and start taking steps toward applying now.

Applicants may contact Outreach Coordinator Pete Arguello at (210) 271-2851 or for further details.

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