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The Academies

Attending any of the United States Service Academies is a great honor and a great responsibility. Continuing your education at one of the academies allows you to serve our Nation, a true challenge and privilege. There are five service academies in the United States that offer young men and women superior quality education while preparing them for an officer's commission in the armed forces. The Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, the Military Academy, 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; therefore no Congressional nominations are available. 

Congresswoman Napolitano’s Military Academy Day

During the Fall Semester, Congresswoman Napolitano hosts a Military Academy Day.  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 Congresswoman Napolitano’s office.  Representatives from each service academy and Congresswoman Napolitano’s staff will be available to discuss the application process and answer any questions students may have regarding the service academies.  

Service Academy Nominations: Basic Facts

Acceptance at an Academy involves at least a nine-year obligation to the Service – Four years at the Academy and five years with the Service. 


To be eligible for a nomination, the student must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed their 22nd birthday as of July 1 of the year of admission. Applicants must also be unmarried, not pregnant, have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents, a resident of the 38th Congressional District and be a U.S. citizen.

Interested students should contact the District or Washington, D.C. office the second semester of their junior year in high school to request an Academy Nomination Application Form.  In order for our office to meet the deadlines for submitting nominations to the academies, we request that the completed application form along with the following requested information be returned to the Washington D.C. office no later than December 6. 

Please submit the following documents to Congresswoman Napolitano’s Santa Fe Springs, CA Office:

* A completed Academy Nomination Application Form.

* One or two letters of recommendations from adults who know you well

* A letter from you telling us why you would like to be considered for one of the academies

* Your high school and/or college transcript

* A copy of your SAT test score

Please feel free to attach additional information you feel would be helpful

If you reside in the 38th Congressional District and are interested in applying to an academy, please contact  Congresswoman Napolitano’s district office at 11627 E. Telegraph Road, #100, Santa Fe Springs, CA, 90670 phone number 562-801-2134 and/or Washington D.C. office at 1609 Longworth H.O.B., Washington, D.C.  20515 phone number 202-225-5256.

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 website. 

United States Military Academy   

United States Naval Academy  

United States Air Force Academy

United States Coast Guard Academy

United States Merchant Marines Academy


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Washington, DC Office
1610 Longworth Bldg
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5256
Fax: 202-225-0027
District Office
11627 East Telegraph Road, #100
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: 562-801-2134
Fax: 562-949-9144