U.S. Service Academy Nominations - FAQ

The application process for a nomination to a Service Academy can be stressful. Please feel free to reach out to Congressman Cicilline’s office for clarification and assistance. Below are the responses to some questions we find applicants frequently ask.

What are the qualifications to receive a Congressional Nomination from Congressman Cicilline? 

  • Must be at least 17 years of age and not yet 23 years old on July 1 of the year the applicant would enter an academy (25 years old for USMMA)
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents
  • Must be a resident of the First Congressional District of Rhode Island

How do I apply for a nomination?

To request further information regarding how to apply for a U.S. service academy nomination, please complete the form on Congressman Cicilline’s U.S. Service Academy Nomination webpage. A PDF of the application materials is also available here and on the webpage.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Christopher Bizzacco in the Congressman’s Rhode Island District Office at Christopher.Bizzacco@mail.house.gov or (401) 729-5600. 

Applicants must also apply with their desired service academy to be considered for a Congressional nomination. 

When is the deadline to apply for a nomination?

Applications are currently being accepted for applicants as part of the class of 2027. Nomination applications and related components must be completed and submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2021.

What are the components of an application for nomination?

  • Official Application
  • Resume
  • Personal Essay
  • High School Transcript
  • Official Test Scores (ACT or SAT)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

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

Anyone you feel would accurately represent your character. Some suggestions include:

  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Employers
  • Coaches
  • Clergy
  • Scout Leaders

What happens after I have completed my nomination application?

Applicants will be notified of the completion of their applications. The first round of interviews with Congressman Cicilline’s Service Academy Nomination Review Board will be scheduled from this pool after the application deadline closes.

What criteria are used to select nominees?

Nominations are designed to evaluate the applicants as a whole person. Factors such as academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character, and motivation are all taken into consideration.

Are the requirements the same for all the Service Academies?

No. Each of the five academies has their own separate set of standards. Please do the proper research during your application process to be sure you apply to the academy or academies that best suit your needs and capabilities. Please note that the Academy application deadlines vary from the nomination application deadlines set by Congressman Cicilline’s Office. 

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

No. You will be placed among a select group of nominees. The Academy will be tasked with making the final decision. Please note that an applicant must also meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements set forth by an Academy. A nomination will not override the failure to do so.

If I choose to apply to more than one Academy, am I limited to only one nomination?

No. You may be nominated to multiple academies. You will have the opportunity on our application to indicate all the academies for which you are seeking a nomination. It is possible to earn multiple nominations.