Service Academy Nominations

Application Process

The application process is now open for the Class of 2029. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 27, 2024.

Our office’s Service Academy Coordination Team is available to answer any questions you may have. You can contact them by email at

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You must use the link below to open an application file with our office. In addition, a completed application file must include:

  • A Personal Statement that addresses the following three questions:
    • Why do you want to serve your country in the armed forces or Merchant Marine?
    • Why do you think public service is important?
    • What specific goals do you have after graduation from a service academy?
  • A Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation from people who can speak to your character and achievements
  • An official transcript from all high schools, junior colleges, or universities you have attended
  • SAT and/or ACT test scores sent directly to our office through the College Board.

A message from Senator Mark Kelly:

I am honored, as a Senator and graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, to nominate Arizona’s best and brightest young people for appointment to the four service academies that require nominations: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Military Academy (West Point). The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.

As a former Navy pilot, combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut, it is an honor to continue my service to our country representing Arizona in the United States Senate. Attending a service academy is an incredible opportunity and responsibility. It is the first step in a life of service to your country.  

Wishing you luck as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies. And in the words of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy motto: “Acta Non Verba,” or “Deeds Not Words.”

Service above self,