Military Academy Nomination FAQ

Frequently asked questions for those seeking a Military Academy nomination. You may also fill out a Military Academy Nominations Form.

What is a nomination?

Members of Congress may nominate applicants who meet the eligibility requirements established by law.  A candidate may seek a nomination from the following:

  • 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

  • Apply directly to the Vice-President of the United States

What are the basic eligibility requirements?

Each applicant for a nomination 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 9th Congressional District of Arizona
  • Skill/Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy

Who do I contact to request an application?

When do I apply for a nomination?

  • My nomination application period opens May 15, 2017 for those candidates who are high school juniors and will be seniors the following school year, or who have already graduated.

What is the deadline for completing a nomination file?

  • The deadline for complete applications to reach Congresswoman Sinema’s office is Friday, October 6, 2017.

What must be included in my nomination file?

A complete nomination file consists of the following items:

  • Current photo
  • High school transcript
  • American College Testing Program (ACT) results and/or
    • ACT Score Report Code for Congresswoman Sinema:  7232
  • College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) results
    • SAT Score Report Code for Congresswoman Sinema:  6809
    • Resume of extra-curricular activities
    • An essay stating why you want to attend a service academy (500 words or less)
    • Minimum of three letters of recommendation

What happens after I have completed my nomination file?

  • Applicants who submit a completed nomination file by October 6 will be scheduled for an interview with our Nomination Board (interview date to be determined).

What criteria is used in selecting candidates?

  • Nominations are based on a “whole person” evaluation 
  • Factors such as academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character and motivation are taken into consideration and compared with other applicants

How many academies are there?

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 website noted for each academy’s particular admissions qualifications.  It is not necessary to seek a nomination to the Coast Guard Academy, as the U.S.C.G.A. accepts candidates based on their own criteria.

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

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

We do not require a specific recommendation form.  A letter of recommendation is sufficient.

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.

When will I know if I have been offered an appointment by an academy?

  • Academies will begin to notify candidates of their admission status in February.  All offers of appointment are generally sent out by May.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ACT AND SAT SCORES!  WHEN SENDING YOUR ACT AND/OR SAT SCORE REPORTS TO OUR OFFICE, PLEASE INCLUDE THESE CODE NUMBERS: 

  • ACT Score Report for Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema: 7232
  • SAT Score Report for Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema: 6809
  • Office Locations

    Office Name Location Image Map URL
    Washington DC 1530 Longworth House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: 202-225-9888
    Hours: M-F 8:30-6:30pm
      https://goo.gl/maps/arp8D4sNNG62
    Phoenix
    2944 N. 44th Street
    Suite 150
    Phoenix, AZ 85018
    Phone: 602-956-2285
    Hours: M-F 8-5:00pm 
      https://goo.gl/maps/ErhNj4dsAgv
  • HIDDEN_WEBSITE_VARIABLES

    How to use: Insert <span class="EXACT_VALUE_LABEL_AS_ENTERED_BELOW">&nbsp;</span> where you'd like the value to be populated.

    Non-breaking space within span tags - &nbsp; - is required for WYSIWYG.

    Label
    (no spaces or special characters)

    Value

    Comments (optional)
    repName Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema  
    helpWithFedAgencyAddress 2944 N. 44th Street
    Suite 150
    Phoenix, AZ 85018
    Phone: 602-956-2285
    Hours: M-F 8-5:00pm
     
    district 9th District of Arizona  
    academyUSCitizenDate July 1, 2016  
    academyAgeDate July 1, 2016  
    academyApplicationDueDate October 20, 2016  
    repStateABBR AZ  
    repDistrict 9  
    repState Arizona  
    repDistrictText 9st  
    repPhoto  
    SponsoredBills Sponsored Bills  
    CoSponsoredBills Co-Sponsored Bills