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U.S. Service Academy Nominations

Each year, Congresswoman DeLauro has the privilege of nominating qualified Third District students for appointments to attend a Service Academy. The United States Service Academies educate and train future officers for service in the United States Armed Forces and include the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and U.S. Coast Guard Academy. These service academies provide a rigorous four-year undergraduate education and graduate leaders of character into our nation’s military service branches. Upon graduation, they commission as 2nd Lieutenants or Ensigns and are obligated to a minimum of a five-year service commitment.

The academies consider evidence of character, scholarship, leadership, physical aptitude, medical fitness, as well as personal goals and motivation in performing each nominee’s “whole-person” evaluation. These are also the criteria Congresswoman DeLauro’s Academy Advisory Committee uses to evaluate and recommend nominations. Congresswoman DeLauro provides Competitive Nominations to the academies. 

We encourage candidates from all backgrounds and experiences to apply if they are interested. The service academies strongly encourage urban, minority, and female applicants to apply as these groups are underrepresented as officers in the Armed Services, and our nation’s leadership should reflect the diversity of our people. For those that show leadership potential but may have academic difficulties, selection to a service academy preparatory school may be an option.

Please submit all application materials in one complete package to Congresswoman DeLauro’s District Office by Tuesday, October 12, 2021.

Click here to download a copy of the Class of 2026 application, in Adobe PDF format. The application includes all eligibility information, requirements, and a checklist to complete the application.

Do Not Forget: In addition to submitting the nomination application, you must also remember to complete and submit the necessary admissions application to your academy or academies of choice.

If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact Nick Savaria in the New Haven office at (203) 562-3718. Thank you and good luck to all our applicants.


For more information on the service academies, click on the links below:


Service Academy:

SAT Reading

SAT Math

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Science

ACT Reading

West Point








Merchant Marine

(SAT Average/ACT 50th Percentile)





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Air Force Academy








Naval Academy

(50TH Percentile)





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