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.
* * CONGRESSMAN YOUNG'S APPLICATION PROCESS FOR 2017 * *
May 15, 2017: Congressman Young’s nomination application opens
October 30, 2017: Congressman Young’s application deadline
November 18, 2017: 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 2017: Nominations finalized by the 3rd District Service Academy Review and Advisory Board
December/January 2017: 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, James Carstensen, by email: IA03.Academies@mail.house.gov, or by phone: (202) 225-5476.
NOTE: Applicants must apply directly to the U.S. Service Academies in addition to seeking a Congressional nomination. **