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I am thrilled to hear of your interest in attending one of the United States military service academies and I look forward to considering you for a nomination.
Each Member of Congress is allowed to make a limited number of nominations for each military service academy. My nominees for appointment to one of the academies are selected on a competitive basis, using criteria determined by the academies to be indicative of one’s potential for success in the military.
Each candidate for a nomination must meet the following basic eligibility requirements as of July 1 of the year of entry to a service academy:
You will be evaluated on your academic qualifications, leadership ability, and physical aptitude as well as an interview with members of my academy nomination board. Interviews will be conducted in Spokane during mid-November. Your academic qualification for nomination to an academy is determined by your grade point average, class rank, and SAT or ACT scores. As a general rule, the academies require a minimum composite SAT score of 1200 and a class rank in the top quarter. The higher one’s score and class rank, the greater his or her chance for a nomination. Leadership ability is also an essential factor in evaluating a candidate’s potential success at an academy. Be sure to include with your application any material which might indicate leadership ability, such as offices held, activities, sports, employment, scouting, and other activities. An official medical examination is required for all candidates who are found to be academically qualified. There is no cost for the examination. You will be notified later of the specific details of the examination by the academy to which you apply. The competition for nominations is usually quite arduous. I, therefore, encourage you to apply to every nominating authority possible (including Senator Maria Cantwell and Senator Patty Murray). This will provide the academies with a greater selection of candidates, as well as give you a better chance of obtaining an appointment. I do ask, however, that you notify my office if you receive a nomination through another nominating authority or official. Please direct all correspondence or questions regarding the academies to my Spokane office.
Questions? Email Paige.Blackburn@mail.house.gov for more information.