Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Service Academy Nominations

Thank you for your interest in the U.S. Service Academies. As your 16th District Representative in the U.S. House, each year I have the privilege of nominating a limited number of people to four of the five service academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending a U.S. Service Academy and serving our country.

What is a nomination?

A candidate who meets the eligibility requirements established by law may seek a nomination from the following individuals:

  • A member of the U.S. House of Representatives who represents the congressional district in which the candidate resides
  • Both U.S. Senators from his or her state
  • The Vice-President of the United States

What are the basic eligibility requirements?

Each applicant for a nomination from me must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st of the year of admission to an academy:

  • Age: Be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Marital Status: Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents
  • Residence: Must reside within the boundaries of the 16th Congressional District of Florida
  • Skill / Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy

OUR NOMINATION PROCESS IS COMPLETED FOR 2018. PLEASE CHECK BACK ON MARCH 1, 2019 FOR NEW APPLICATION FORM AND INSTRUCTIONS.

Who do I contact to request an application?

Click HERE to download the nomination packet or contact Joan Hansen, Director of Constituent Services, in my Sarasota office at (941)-951-6643.

Our nomination process for the Service Academies is now open. Applications are due in the Sarasota office by the close of business on Thursday, September 21, 2018. (no exceptions)

Interviews (15 minutes each) for eligible students will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 and each student, if chosen, will be notified of their appointment time.

We will have Congressman Vern Buchanan's Service Academy Information Fair in September, to be announced. This is a great time to meet with the local admissions liaisons for each academy.


What must be included in my nomination file?

A complete nomination file consists of the following items:

  • Application form
  • Current photo (headshot) and a copy of drivers license - glued to boxes on form
  • High school transcript - sealed
  • American College Testing Program (ACT) results and/or College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) results
  • An essay stating why you want to attend a service academy (included in packet)
  • Three letters of recommendation (included in packet)

How many academies are there?

There are five service academies.

Three reside within the Department of Defense:

One resides within the Department of Transportation:

One resides within the Department of Homeland Security:

Are the requirements the same for all of the service academies?

No. Although many of the qualifications are similar, each academy operates under its own admissions guidelines. Visit the academy of your choice via the web sites noted for each academy's particular admissions qualifications.

It is not necessary to seek a nomination to the Coast Guard Academy. U.S.C.G.A. accepts candidates based on their own testing criteria.

Who should I ask to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf?

Some of the people applicants typically seek recommendations from include:

  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Employers
  • Coaches
  • Clergy
  • Scout Leaders

Will I automatically be selected by the academy after I receive a nomination?

No. You will be placed among a select group of nominees, and the academy of your choice will make the final decision. If selected, you will receive an offer of admission (an appointment) directly from the academy.

What if I choose more than one academy? Will I be limited to a single nomination?

No. You can be nominated to multiple academies depending on how well you have competed among this year's pool of candidates. It is also possible to win multiple appointments.