Military Academy Nominations - FAQ

The application process for a nomination to a Service Academy can be stressful. Please feel free to reach out to my 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 old, but have not yet turned 23 years old.

Must be a U.S. citizen

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?

Contact Max Silva in my District Office, who is facilitating the application process. He may be reached at at 401-729-5600 (o), 401-340-0352 (c), or

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 2026. Applications for nominations must be completed by Sunday, 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 rounds of interviews 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 of 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 my office deadlines.


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 to indicate all the academies you are seeking nomination for on our application. It is possible to earn multiple appointments.