Service Academy Nominations - FAQ
Acceptance at a service academy involves at least a nine-year obligation to the particular service: four years at the academy and a minimum of five years with the service.
What are basic eligibility requirements?
As of July 1s of the year of admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Age: at least 17 by July 1st of entering year, but not older than 23
- Citizenship: U.S. citizen or have obtained citizenship by graduation
- Residency: a legal resident of the United States (and of Louisiana’s Fourth Congressional District to receive nomination from Congressman Mike Johnson)
- Marital Status or Dependency: unmarried, not pregnant and have no legal obligation to support a child or dependent
- Academic: complete SAT I or ACT examinations (contact individual service academies for their specific requirements)
- Health: must pass academy physical requirements and medical examination
- Character: of strong moral character
Although guidelines are similar, each academy operates under its own admission guidelines. Visit the academy of your choice via the website to note specific requirements. It is not necessary to seek a nomination to the Coast Guard Academy as they accept candidates based on their own testing criteria.
What is the nomination application procedure?
To be considered for a nomination by Congressman Mike Johnson, each applicant must submit an application package on or before November 3, 2017.
Late applications or materials received separately, such as letters of recommendation, transcripts or other documents, will not be considered without exception.
Each package must contain the following:
- Application form
- Resume explaining your extra-curricular activities
- Recent picture of yourself
- High school and/or college transcript
- An essay of less than 500 words on why you want to attend a service academy
- SAT/ACT scores: All testing scores must be received by the beginning of November, as results received later cannot be considered for our purposes. You are encouraged to retake the SAT or ACT exam in order to improve your academic competitiveness. Academies will accept the highest scores in each academic area, regardless of test date. For example, if a math score is higher on one test date, and a verbal score on another, the academies will select the highest scores from the separate tests.
- Letters of recommendation: There is a limit of five letters of recommendation, with a minimum of three. One letter must be written by your high school principal or guidance counselor. The other letters may be written by teachers, coaches, scoutmasters, clergy or community leaders who can accurately comment on your character, abilities and potential for success in a service academy environment. Recommendations by family members are discouraged, but will be accepted in extraordinary circumstances. Letters of recommendation do not need to be sealed, but sealing is acceptable if the writer prefers. It is not necessary to send additional certificates, letters, photos, etc., as only the required documents will be used for consideration.
- Delivery instructions: Make sure that all materials requested are received by mail or hand delivered to our Bossier or Leesville office with a postmark no later than November 3. This includes any materials that are mailed separately by your school or a letter of recommendation writer.
What criteria is used in selecting candidates?
Nominations are based on a “whole person” evaluation. Factors such as academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character and motivation are taken into consideration. Candidates are evaluated and compared with other applicants within the group.
Will I have an in-person interview with a service academy review board?
Once your application file is complete, you will be notified at least one week in advance of your interview appointment which will be scheduled in November or December of this year. To select the best nominees from Louisiana each year, Congressman Johnson uses a service academy review board to interview young men and women applying to the service academies. This board is comprised of constituents who have graduated from the academies or otherwise are veterans or important community leaders. The board members are volunteers who recommend the top candidates for nomination based on objective and competitive criteria. I rely on this board to screen applicants and to recommend who would best represent Louisiana’s Fourth District at our nation’s prestigious service academies.
Selection Announcement: What is the difference between a nomination and an appointment?
All nominations will be forwarded to the appropriate academy in early January. A nomination is then reviewed by the service academy and ranked. The academy will then select those candidates upon which they wish to confer an appointment. Appointment announcements can come as early as January and as late as early June and will be communicated by both the congressman and the academy.
Who do I contact with questions in Congressman Johnson’s office?
Please contact Jerrie LeDoux at 337-458-6078 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I apply for a nomination through another office?
It is in your best interest to request a nomination through all sources available to you: presidential, vice presidential, senatorial and your U.S. representative. If your father or mother serves or has served in the military, or was killed in action, you may be eligible for a presidential nomination. Please contact the service academy for more information. However, you may not submit an application to another U.S. representative who is not your congressman. To receive a nomination from your U.S. senator or the vice president, you should contact them.