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The Academies

There are five service academies in the United States which offer young men and women a free college education at highly-ranked, nationally-recognized academies, while preparing them for an officer's commission in the armed forces. The Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, the Military Academy at West Point, and the Naval Academy all require a nomination from an authorized nominating source. The Coast Guard Academy is the only one of the armed forces service academies that offers appointments on the basis of an annual nationwide competition; there are no Congressional nominations.

Service Academy Nominations: Basic Facts

Acceptance at an academy involves a five year active duty commitment. If you do not graduate, different consequences will apply, depending upon the conditions of your resignation or removal, and when either occurs.

Competition for appointments in the Fifth District is very keen. Therefore, you are encouraged to start the application process during the late spring of your junior year by contacting Congressman Hoyer's Office and by applying through all available sources. These include United States Senators Van Hollen and Cardin, the Vice President and through the Branch of Service, if you are the child of a deceased or disabled veteran.

Guidelines
  • Must be at least 17 years of age, but not yet 23 years of age.
  • A citizen of the United States.
  • Unmarried, no legal obligation to support a child or dependent.
  • A Legal resident of the Fifth Congressional District.
Basis for the nomination
  • Candidate's school record--grade point average and class rank. The average competitive candidate is in the upper fifth of his/her class.
  • Extra-curricular activities--athletics, community service, and school organizations.
  • SAT scores--A competitive candidate must score above 560 on verbal, and 600 on math. You are encouraged to retake the SAT if your scores, your mathematics score in particular, are not at this level.
  • Motivation.
  • Interview with Congressman Hoyer's Service Academy Selection Board, which are held during the month of November and eligible candidates will be notified of the date in October.
  • You must also complete the appropriate application process with each academy of interest to you.
Applying to a Service Academy

Congressman Hoyer's office is currently accepting applications for anyone interested in entering a U.S. Service Academy in the summer of 2018. 

Online application is available here

Applications may be submitted to Congressman Hoyer’s Southern Region District Office at the conclusion of your junior year until the designated date in October of your senior year:

Attn: Stefanie Carey Barone
4475 Regency Place
Suite 204
White Plains, MD 20695


All applications must be postmarked by October 11, 2017. Your file will be reviewed and you will be advised in late October/early November of the scheduled time of your interview. Interviews, required of all applicants, will be conducted towards the end of November. Any questions should be addressed to Ms. Stefanie Carey Barone at (301) 843-1577.

You may also request a paper copy of the application by writing to the Southern Region District Office address listed above.  

Congressman Hoyer's Annual United States Service Academy Open House

On April 24, 2017, Congressman Hoyer will host an Annual Service Academy Open House at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  This informative session provides all students interested in pursuing a nomination to one of the four service academies with the proper orientation and guidance necessary to begin the nomination process with Congressman Hoyer's office. Members of Congressman Hoyer's staff and Service Academy Selection Board will be there to discuss the application process and answer questions.  Representatives from each service academy are on hand to provide information regarding the application process for each academy.

For More Information

For more detailed information regarding the programs offered by each of the academies, you are encouraged to follow the links below. Each service academy has its own web site.

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