Academy Nominations

Thank you for your interest in the Service Academy nomination application process. As a U.S. Senator, it is my privilege to nominate qualified students to the Air Force, Military, Naval, and Merchant Marine Academies each year.

Information regarding requesting a nomination for the 2022 academic year will be made available on this webpage in early May 2021. Candidate interviews for the 2022 academic year will be held in fall 2021. 

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Note the United States Coast Guard Academy does not require Congressional nominations. If you are interested in attending the Coast Guard Academy, you should contact the academy directly.

Coast Guard »

If have any general questions about the Academy nomination process, please contact my Service Academy Coordinator in my Milwaukee office or call (414) 297-4451.

Please see the links below to read more about the specific requirements for each academy.

United States Air Force Academy »
United States Naval Academy »
United States Military Academy »
United States Merchant Marine Academy »


Am I qualified to be considered for a nomination to a service academy?

To qualify for Senator Baldwin's nomination, you must be a United States citizen and a resident of the State of Wisconsin. In addition, the service academies require the following:

  • The Military, Naval, and Air Force Academies require that you be at least 17 years old, but not yet 23 years old, on July 1 of the year you wish to enter the academy. The Merchant Marine Academy has the same minimum age requirement but accepts students who are not yet 25 years old.
  • You must not be married, pregnant or have any legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

When should I request an application for nomination from Senator Baldwin?

You may request an application through Senator Baldwin's website during the spring of your high school junior year or any time thereafter. If you are a high school freshman, sophomore or junior in your first semester, you may call Senator Baldwin's Service Academy Coordinator in the Milwaukee office (414-297-4451) to obtain information and ask questions about the application and nominations process.

Can I only be considered for one academy?

You may ask to be considered for a nomination to any number of academies you are applying to. The application asks you to rank your academies of choice by order of preference. Please only rank academies that you are interested in attending and are planning on applying to.

What do I need to include in my nomination application packet?

A completed application packet must include paper copies of the following:

  • The completed application form, including two short answer essays
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are not members of your family. These recommendations must be included with your packet. Late letters of recommendation and additional letters of recommendation will not be considered.
  • Your official high school transcript
  • An official or unofficial copy of your college board scores
  • A color passport-size photograph.
  • Relevant additional information (as detailed in the application)

Must I meet certain medical requirements to receive a nomination?

A service academy medical examination must be passed before a candidate can receive an appointment. The examination is scheduled by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB). Please carefully review the medical information on the academy websites and contact the academies directly if you have any questions or concerns about disqualifying medical conditions.

If I've applied before and was not selected, can I apply again?

Yes. Those not selected for a nomination last year may reapply as long as they still meet the age requirements. Applicants may use old recommendations and essays but should complete a new application.

How is a candidate selected for a nomination?

Prior to applying for a nomination from Senator Baldwin, please contact your academy or academies of choice to start the application process. Each academy will apprise you of any special physical, medical or academic requirements specific to that institution.

Each Member of Congress and U.S. Senator may have no more than five appointees in each of the service academies. Senator Baldwin uses a competitive process which permits her to nominate ten students for each appointment available at each academy. A nomination does not guarantee acceptance to a service academy; the Academy's Admissions Board ultimately decides who receives an appointment. You are encouraged to seek a nomination from as many sources as possible, including the Vice-President, Senator Johnson, your Member of Congress, and for certain candidates, the President.

Senator Baldwin will appoint a Service Academy Selection Advisory Committee composed of former and current members of the military, educators, and community leaders. Nomination candidates who submit a complete application packet will be scheduled for an interview with the Senator’s Selection Committee shortly after the application deadline. All completed applications will be reviewed to determine which students are most qualified for consideration by the Advisory Committee members or their designees.