Military Academy Nominations
The honor of attending a service academy comes with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. For more information, please review the page of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination.
Members of Congress may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies: U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, NY. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.
Your first step is to contact the academies to which you wish to apply. Admission officials there will establish a candidate file which helps you track your application materials. Please keep in mind a nomination is only one part of the admissions process; you must have an open candidate file with at least one service academy prior to a scheduled interview with my academy board in November. Please submit your application materials directly to the academies and schedule a physical evaluation. Click on the links below for more information about the academy of your choice.
Military Academy, West Point, VA (www.usma.edu)
Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD (www.usna.edu)
Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO (www.usafa.edu)
Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY (www.usmma.edu)
U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT * (www.cga.edu)
* A congressional nomination is not needed for admittance to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Apply directly with USCGA.
Eligible applicants must be:
- unmarried citizens of the United States with no dependents.
- at least 17 years old but not past their 23rd birthday on the first of July of the year they wish to be admitted.
- a resident of Montana. You, or your parents, must claim Montana as your primary state of residence.
Please note: A nomination through any authority does not guarantee acceptance into a service academy. Along with my office, it is advisable to request a nomination from both of Montana's U.S. Senators, and the Vice President of the United States. I will work with my fellow congressional members to ensure that as many young Montanans as eligible are given the opportunity to attend the service academies.
April 1st, 2017: Application acceptance begins.
June 1st, 2017: Suggested deadline for completion of the SAT and ACT.
November 1st, 2017: All application materials must be received in my Billings office.
November 2017: Academy selection board convenes to conduct individual interviews and make recommendations for the entering class of 2017. All applicants receiving my nomination will be notified of a decision shortly thereafter.
To request a Military Academy Nomination from my office, please complete the form below. The form must then be printed (Generate Application for Review) as it can not be submitted electronically. Please mail or drop off the completed and signed form to:
Congressman Greg Gianforte
Billings District Office
222 North 32nd Street, Ste. 900
Billings, MT 59101
My phone number in Billings is 406-969-1736. Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country.