Military Academy Nominations
Each year, it is my privilege as the only member of Congress representing Puerto Rico to nominate a select group of men and women from the Congressional District of Puerto Rico for appointment to one of the Service Academies: 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.
Considered to be among the top academic institutions in our country, the Service Academies provide a world-class education and have produced some of our nation’s finest leaders.
The decision to attend a Service Academy is a serious one and requires a strong personal commitment from you to serve our country. The Academies challenge students physically, mentally and emotionally. Advice from family, friends, educational counselors and others may be helpful to you, but ultimately you must make for yourself this important decision that may affect your entire career.
The Academies look for candidates of good scholarship with strong backgrounds in math and science, leadership potential and physical aptitude. Medical fitness and a motivation toward a military career immediately following graduation are also important. Each of the Academies has established a minority admissions office to identify and encourage applications from minority students who might not otherwise consider applying to an academy.
The nomination process to receive an appointment is highly competitive and time-consuming, and the academies search for candidates with extraordinary academic, physical and leadership skills. If you are a candidate who wants to serve our country and meets the basic requirementsfor appointment, I encourage you to consider applying.