Academy Nomination Process

Attending one of the United States Service Academies is a distinct honor and an invaluable experience which can serve to lead a student down a path of success in life and to being a good citizen. Attending the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Military Academy at West Point, or Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point usually requires a nomination from either a United States Representative or Senator. No nomination is required to attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London.

Outline of Nomination and Appointment Processes

1. Applicants initiate the process by writing a letter of request for a nomination to Congressman Ander Crenshaw’s Jacksonville Office at 1061 Riverside Avenue, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32204.

2. Complete the application form which is attached at the bottom of this process information sheet as a related file.

3. Applicants must write a 250-word essay (one page, double-spaced) stating why s(he) wants to attend an academy, why s(he) will be successful at an academy and why s(he) should be Congressman Crenshaw’s nominee.

4. Applicants must initiate contact with the service academy or academies of interest and proceed with the pre-candidate application processes as dictated by that academy. The addresses for each academy is contained on this website.

5. The Congressional Office will open a file and work with each applicant that requests a nomination. APPLICATION DEADLINE: To be considered, applications must be postmarked by November 9, 2012. Completed files must include the following:

• Completed Application for Nomination form and photograph
• Official high school transcript
• Three recommendations: one from a school official (principal or guidance counselor); one from an instructor (math or science suggested); and one of the applicant's choice of an employer, a community leader or a club sponsor
• SAT and or ACT score reports. Copies are acceptable. The academy admissions officers suggest that applicants take both types of tests.
• Any additional materials students feel will support their applications.

6. Congressman Crenshaw's Military Academy Selection Committee will interview candidates in November. Applicants will be notified of interview time and place.

7. Selected nominees will be notified by the end of the year, and then Congressman Crenshaw will submit his nominations to the Academies.

8. Academy Admissions Officers review nominees' applications and select appointments. Most appointments will have been made by early May.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials are submitted on time. Those with incomplete files will be disqualified.

Students who attend one of the academies must serve six years of active duty following their graduation from the Academy.


The Admissions Officers at the academies encourage students to begin taking tests in the junior year and take both the ACT and the SAT tests. Many students continue to take the tests until they have the scores that they desire. Each Academy Admissions Office has different standard ranges that it looks for each of these tests. If your test scores fall below the minimums, you may want to inquire about one of the academy preparatory schools. Remember 20 to 30 percent of each academy class does not enter an academy directly after graduating from high school. 

Addresses for the academies follow:

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