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Military Academy Nominations


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.

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.

Congressman Taylor may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot allotted to our district. To request a Military Academy Nomination from our office, please download and complete the form below. Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country.

Nomination Procedures

We are pleased to receive applications from students in Virginia’s Second Congressional District for nominations to one of the four U.S. Service Academies – USAFA, USMMA, USMA and USNA. We have established a fair and objective procedure which will allow us to produce the best qualified candidates for the Academies.

To be considered for a nomination, applicants must be legal residents of the Second Congressional District of Virginia. We will accept applications from candidates who will graduate from high school in 2019 or those who have already graduated. To be considered for this year’s graduating class of 2023, applicants must meet the following basic requirements:

-    Be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents

-    Must be a United States citizen and a legal resident of the Second Congressional District

-    Must be at least 17 years old, but not yet 23 years old (as of July 1st the year of admission)

The following information is a brief overview of the selection process. Admission to a Service Academy is a two-tiered process. First, the applicant must directly apply to the Academy and meet the set minimum standards. These standards include, but are not limited to: medical, physical, and academic qualifications. The second tier in pursuing admissions is the nominations process.

An individual must meet the admissions requirements for the Academy as well as receive a Congressional Nomination in order to be offered an appointment. Please keep in mind that those who may receive a nomination are not guaranteed to be offered an appointment by the Academy.

Our office will start accepting Completed applications July 1, 2018 and we must receive all information no later than October 1, 2018 for those interested in entering one of the Service Academies in the summer of 2019. All correspondence regarding the Academy Nominations process should be directed to Mr. Mike Nicosia or Ms. Samantha Schultz. Please mail or deliver completed applications to:

Congressman Scott Taylor
ATTN: Mr. Mike Nicosia
1 Columbus Center, Ste. 900
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Office: (757) 364-7650

Congressman Scott Taylor

ATTN: Samantha Schultz
1 Columbus Center, Ste. 900
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Office: (757) 364-7650

July 1, 2018

We will start accepting applications on July 1, 2018.

October 1, 2018

The application deadline is October 1, 2018. All applications and required materials MUST be received by this date or the application will be considered incomplete. Please mail or hand deliver completed applications to either Mike Nicosia or Samantha Schultz at the District Office: 1 Columbus Center, Suite 900, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.

*Please note: INCOMPLETE applications will NOT be accepted. If a candidate’s incomplete application is received before the deadline, the application will be returned to the candidate to be completed before October 1, 2018.

In addition to the application, the following materials are needed to complete your candidate packet and will be used in the selections process:

1.  Letter of Intent to Congressman Scott Taylor

Letter should include your initial request for a nomination, full name, social security number, gender, legal address, phone number, email address, date of birth, high school name (or college) and address, class rank, test scores, month and year of high school graduation, academy preferences and your accomplishments to date. Please note the letter of intent is different than the essay and resume.

2.  Three Letters of Recommendation

  • Those persons used as references should not be relatives of the applicant
  • One letter is required from a high school administrator or teacher
  • Letters of recommendation must arrive in a sealed envelope with an original signature or they will not be considered

3.  Essay

No longer than one page typed, double-spaced page, explaining your desire to attend an Academy.

4.  Resume

A resume of social, athletic, and notable accomplishments.

5.  Academic Transcripts

The applicant should submit a certified high school transcript and/or most recent college/preparatory school transcript, which includes: class rank, GPA and

Fall 2018 course load. *Please note that the transcripts need to be submitted in a sealed envelope with the school administrators signature on the back.

6. SAT/ACT Scores

  • This office WILL NOT accept separate ACT/SAT scores.
  • The scores MUST be submitted with ALL other materials listed, in the original sealed envelope, as part of a complete application package.

October 11th, 12th, 13th

Interviews with Congressman Scott Taylor’s U.S. Service Academy Advisory Board will be conducted on October 11th, 12th, and 13th. The candidates’ interview will be scheduled on the day the office receives their completed application packet. *Please note: Dates are subject to change at the discretion of staff.

October 2018: Notifications will be mailed and emailed to nominees by Congressman Taylor.

Click Here  or below To Download Our 2018 Service Academy Nomination Application.

PDF icon2018 Academy Nomination Application Packet.pdf

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