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Congressman David Young

Representing the 3rd District of Iowa


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2017 Year End Report

Military Academy Nominations

Our nation’s military service academies offer young women and men life-changing educational and career opportunities. The service academies each offer full four-year scholarships that include education, room and board, pay, exclusive benefits and training at some of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the nation.

Members of Congress may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies: the U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, NY. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.

Although I am only able to make a few nominations each year, nominating young people from the Third District of Iowa to service academies is one of my most gratifying duties as your Congressman. Because of the limited number of nominations each Member of Congress can make, I encourage you to also contact Senator Grassley and Senator Ernst about their nomination process.

The honor of attending a service academy comes with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. For more information, please review my page of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination.


2018 Timeline


May 15, 2018: Congressman Young’s nomination application opens

October 29, 2018: Congressman Young’s application deadline

November 17, 2018: The 3rd District Service Academy Review and Advisory Board conducts mandatory interviews with qualified candidates from Iowa’s 3rd District in Van Meter, Iowa

November/December 2018: Nominations finalized by the 3rd District Service Academy Review and Advisory Board

December 2018/January 2019: Nomination notification letters sent to applicants


How to Apply

To apply for a nomination from Congressman Young, first fill out and send the application form below. After our office receives your request, you will be sent an application packet by mail and/or email. In this packet you will find: application forms, general information, and my application checklist. Should you have any questions, please contact my Academies Coordinator, Andy Swanson, by email:, or by phone: (515)-282-1909. 

NOTE: Applicants must apply directly to the U.S. Service Academies in addition to seeking a Congressional nomination. **




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Number your preference (1 to 4) of academies — with 1 being your highest preference

An appointment to the Service Academies is based on a desire by the candidate to devote a lifetime of military service and implies recognition by the appointee of an obligation to the government to devote him / herself to a military career.

Application Agreement

Please review your application and read the following paragraph before submitting your application. Your submission indicates your agreement with the following statements.

It is my sincere desire to attend a U.S. Service Academy, and I intend to pursue a rigorous academic course of study if appointed. I understand that attending a service academy also requires a minimum of five years of military service following graduation, and I fully commit to this responsibility. I am a U.S. Citizen, or will be by July 1 of the year I will attend the Academy. I will be at least 17 years, but not yet 23 years of age, on July 1 of the year I attend the Academy. I am not married. I am not pregnant, nor do I have any child support obligations. I am a legal resident of the 3rd Congressional District of Iowa.

I certify that the information I have provided in the application packet is accurate. Any changes to this information will be reported immediately. Additionally, I understand that I will not be considered for a nomination if the required documents are incomplete or are not postmarked by October 30, 2017.


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