Service Academy Nominations
Senator Stabenow is privileged to be involved in the selection of nominees to our nation's military academies. Admission to our service academies is a prestigious honor and highly competitive because of the rigorous academic standards and caliber of students who apply.
These academies, operated by the Army, Air Force, Navy, Merchant Marines and Coast Guard, provide a free college education in exchange for a student's commitment to serve for a number of years as a commissioned officer. For all service academies, except the Coast Guard, applicants must be nominated by one of several federal officials, including the Vice President, US Senators or US Representatives.
To be eligible for a U.S. Senate nomination from my office, applicants must submit a detailed written application including transcripts, letters of recommendation and test scores. Based on a competitive evaluation of this application, test scores and written records, a limited number of applicants will be selected for personal interviews before independent review panels comprised of community leaders and academy representatives. The review panels will rate applicants based on their academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, motivation, character, and leadership abilities. A select number of nominations from my office (as determined by law) will be awarded based on these independent ratings and evaluations. Those nominated must also be offered an appointment for admission directly from the academy.
Applicants to my office must be legal residents of the State of Michigan. Students are eligible to apply based on the following age requirement: As of July 1 of the year of admission to the academy, applicants must be at least 17 but not have passed their 23rd birthday. Please visit the academy websites (See links under More Information) for additional eligibility requirements. Students may apply to more than one academy.
Timelines and Deadlines
Class entering in the summer of 2016
• March 1, 2015: Applications will be available for class entering summer of 2016.
• October 23, 2015: Completed application due for class entering summer of 2016.
• December 5, 2015: Students meet with Academy panels.
• January 2016: Students notified of Senate nominations.
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