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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Military Academy Nominations

There are five (5) service academies that offer appointments to highly qualified individuals who meet eligibility requirements and are the most competitive in academic performance, physical fitness, medical standards, extracurricular involvement, leadership traits, and aptitude for military service. Click on the military service seals below to visit the web sites for each academy to determine their minimum entrance requirements.

All service academies, other than the United States Coast Guard Academy, require a nomination from a qualified nominating source. As your Congressional Representative, I accept nomination applications from residents of the Fifth Congressional District of Missouri who are interested in attending one of the nation's military academies. Nominations can be made to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.

Air ForceCoast GuardMerchant MarinesArmyNavy

The application deadline is October 12, 2017

 

Step 1: Confirm Your Eligibility: Confirm Your Eligibility                                                                                             

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for a Congressional nomination:

  • Age: Be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Marital Status: Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents
  • Residence: Applicant must be a resident of Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District.
  • Skill/Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy.
Step 2: Complete the Service Academy Nomination Application                                                                              

An application is considered "Complete" in Congressman Cleaver's office when it contains the following items:

  • Completed Application.  Click the link to begin the application, print and sign the completed form.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation. 
  • Current Photo
  • Academic Transcript (high school and/or college).
  • Personal Statement Please submit a brief statement illustrating your reasons for wanting to attend the academy of your choice (500 words or less).

 Submit all materials by the deadline via:

After submitting your application, you may contact my district office in Independence, MO to make sure the materials have arrived at (816)833-4545.

Additional Information                                                                                                                                                 

What criteria are used in selecting candidates?

Nominations are based on a "whole person" evaluation. Factors such as academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character and motivation are taken into consideration and compared with other applicants.

 Are the requirements the same for all of the service academies?

No. Although many of the qualifications are similar, each academy operates under its own admissions guidelines. Visit the website for the academy of your choice for their specific admissions qualifications.

Who should I ask to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf?

Teachers, Counselors, Employers, Coaches, Clergy, Scout Leaders, or any non-family member who can accurately comment on the applicant's character.

Will I automatically be selected by the academy after I receive a nomination?

No. You will be placed among a select group of nominees, and the academy of your choice will make the final decision. If selected, you will receive an offer of admission (an appointment) directly from the academy.

What if I choose more than one academy? Will I be limited to a single nomination?

No. You can be nominated to multiple academies depending on how well you have competed among this year's pool of candidates. It is also possible to obtain multiple appointments.

When will I know if I have been offered an appointment by an academy?

Once a completed application packet is received by the academy they will begin evaluating it. You should monitor your application portal for changes to the status of your application. All offers of appointment are generally sent out by May.

 Due to the competitive nature of the nomination process, you should seek as many nominations as possible.

Be sure to contact Senator Roy BluntSenator Claire McCaskill, and the Vice President