Military Academy Nominations

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Nylda V Sánchez and José I. McGoff  were accepted this year by Service Academies.  

Click here for Instructions. 

Nominación a  academias militares

Estudiar en una academia militar es una gran oportunidad de moldear un futuro de excelencia y es un honor para la comisionada residente, Jenniffer González, poder ayudar a jóvenes de Puerto Rico con una nominación a estas academias. 

El proceso para poder ingresar a las academias militares comienza por enviar los documentos a la academia seleccionada y luego entregar la solicitud de nominación a la oficina del congresista donde reside. 

La comisionada residente es el único miembro del Congreso, representando a Puerto Rico, y tiene la oportunidad de nominar jóvenes líderes de la isla para estudiar en escuelas militares de Estados Unidos.

     ¿Cuáles son los requisitos básicos para ser elegible?

  • Tener entre 17 y 23 años
  • Ser ciudadano americano con pasaporte vigente
  • Residir en Puerto Rico
  • Soltero, sin hijos y/o dependientes
  • Tomar un examen de aptitud física
  • Excelente desempeño académico

Las academias militares que necesitan la recomendación de la comisionada para poder ingresar son: Academia Militar de Estados Unidos en West Point, Nueva York; la Academia Naval en Annapolis, Maryland; la Academia de la Fuerza Aérea en Colorado Springs, Colorado; y la Academia de la Marina Mercante en Kings Point, Nueva York.

Las personas que deseen participar deben contar con las características de dinamismo y liderazgo. Factores académicos y extra curriculares serán considerados a la hora de seleccionar.

Los interesados deben enviar su expediente de nominación a nuestras oficinas con la siguiente información:

  • Tres cartas de recomendación 
  • Foto 4x6 (no foto de estudio)
  • Certificación de escuela superior completada
  • Ensayo explicando el por qué se quiere convertir en un oficial de las fuerzas armadas de Estados Unidos. (1 página/ tamaño 12)

Los jóvenes preseleccionados pasarán a un proceso de entrevistas y análisis por parte de un comité evaluador. 


Request for nomination package will only be accepted via VIA EMAIL. SEND PACKAGE TO not later than 5:00 PM November 20, 2020. Follow instructions on letter dated September 14, 2020 and the test flexible policy.



For students applying for a nomination to the Class of 2025, we will follow a “test flexible” policy, which will allow students to apply to the nomination process without an SAT or ACT test score.  If the student has the Puerto Rico College Board (PRCB) or PSAT test result he will be able to submit them for consideration. Students who have attempted and have not been able to take either the PRCB, PSAT, SAT or ACT due to cancellation, unavailability, or other extenuating circumstance will not be disqualified from consideration.  If a student seeks consideration for a nomination for appointment without any of the test mentioned above, we will ask him to provide supporting information concerning test availability, cancellation.  

Our commitment is to conduct a comprehensive assessment of applicant credentials which include reviews of academic achievement, academic aptitude (rigor), leadership experiences, physical fitness, life experiences, volunteer work and other unique attributes during the application process.

The bottom line is that candidate should continue to do everything they can to take the SAT or ACT before the end of 2020. Candidates should not use the “test flexible” policy as an excuse not to take the SAT or ACT. 


Which Academies Require a nomination?

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• U.S. Military Academy at West Point
• U.S. Naval Academy. Annapolis, MD
• U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO. 
                                                       • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY)

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•US Coast Guard Academy at New  London, CT




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• A chance to serve.
• World class education and Career.
• Leader of Service members.
• It is a full scholarship and a job after graduation
• (USMMA financial aid, no pay as a midshipman)
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academias militares web 5 GETTING READY: What to expect?

• Academics; The schools are very rigorous.
• Many of the academies have preparatory schools for those ready but not up to the academic rigor.
• Be involved; the academies want well rounded students.
• You will be psychically, mentally and emotionally challenged.



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• Meet Eligibility Requirements as of  July 1st of the year of admission to an academy:
• Be a United States Citizen
• Be at least 17 years old, but not past the 23rd birthday;
• No Spouse or be pregnant
• Have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

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What Members of Congress evaluate before nominating?

• Overall qualifications
•  Legal domicile to confirm that applicant is domiciled within the state or boundaries of the representative’s congressional district.
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What Academies look for?



Nomination Process

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• Nomination period starts  on May 15th of each year and ends on October 18  for those candidates who are high school juniors and will be seniors the following school year, or who have already graduated. Evidence of Residency
• You must be a legal resident of Puerto Rico to seek a nomination from our office.
• Proof of age, citizenship and legal resident status.
• Proof marital status and lack of dependents

NOMINATION FILE - What you need?

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• One 4 inch by 6-inch photo of yourself (NOT STUDIO PHOTO) 
• Signed and dated Nomination Form available from Congresswoman Gonzalez website:
• A copy of your SAT or ACT scores. These scores are the entrance examinations recognized by the service academies. If you took more than one test, or you took it more than once, send your most recent scores.
• Official high school transcript
• Essay explaining the reason why you want to become an officer in the U.S. Armed Forces of the U.S. (1 page/12 font, maximum 500 words)
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• A biographical sketch which must include any work experience, school extracurricular activities, or any community service.
• Three letters of recommendations
• One letter of recommendation must be from your school counselor, advisor or principal.
         - The remaining two letters can be from any individuals of your choosing.
• The letters of recommendation must establish that:
         - the author knows you personally and
         - should describe those personal qualifications for which the author has decided to recommend you.
         -  The more the author can say about you, the greater the opportunity will be to learn about you.
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After the file:
• The Nomination Committee evaluates that all requirements are met.
•  If all requirements are met, the presumptive nominees are subject of an interview with members of the Nomination Committee at our Office.
•  If all previous requirements are met, then the nomination is sent to the corresponding academy and the corresponding admission process of such school.
For additional information please contact:  
José Olmos 

+1 (787) 723-6333

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