Military Academy Nominations
As a Member of Congress, Rep. Levin has the privilege of nominating qualified candidates from California’s 49th Congressional District to the United States Service Academies. 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.
Below is important information about the nomination and application process. If applicants have any questions, they should contact CA49.ServiceAcademy@mail.house.gov.
To begin the nomination process, applicants should first start the application process directly with the service academy you wish to attend, whether it is the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, or the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
- U.S. Military Academy (USMA) West Point, NY www.usma.edu/
- U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, MD www.usna.edu/
- U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, CO www.usafa.af.mil/
- U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, NY www.usmma.edu/
- U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), New London, CT (Does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.)
Applicants should also apply for all the nominations for which they may be eligible including, but not limited to, Senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein, and Vice President Kamala Harris. Please be aware that each Member may have a different application process.
To be considered for a congressional nomination from Rep. Levin, applicants must complete all the required materials in our application packet by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on October 27, 2023.
The required materials for Rep. Levin’s application process are listed below:
- A completed application packet.
- Resume of extracurricular activities, including employment, clubs, volunteer activities, leadership positions, and sports teams.
- Essay/Personal Statement. Applicants should limit writing to 500 words. The prompt is included in the packet.
- Official Transcript. Applicants should include the most recent grades available. They are welcome to submit transcripts for any college work that they have completed.
- A completed copy of SAT and/or ACT scores.
- Affidavit of Residence and Media Release Form. These materials are included in the packet.
- Three letters of recommendation: Letters of recommendation may come from teachers, guidance counselors, coaches and/or employers. It is recommended that at least one letter come from a science or math teacher.
- Applicants’ recommender(s) may prefer their letter be sent directly to our office. If that is the case, they may send their letter directly to CA49.ServiceAcademy@mail.house.gov with the subject line “[Candidate Name] - Letter of Recommendation”
All application materials must be submitted in a single PDF file via email by 5:00 p.m. PST on October 27, 2023, with “[Candidate Name] – Service Academy Nomination” in the subject line. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. If applicants are unable to have their materials uploaded to their application, or if they are unable to email the packet, please contact CA49.ServiceAcademy@mail.house.gov to make alternative arrangements. Upon successful submission applicants will receive email confirmation of their application.
All applicants will be subject to an interview process conducted by Rep. Levin’s Service Academy Advisory Board. They will be notified by e-mail or phone of follow-up arrangements for interviews in November 2023.
NOTE: In addition to seeking a nomination from Rep. Levin, applicants must contact the Admissions Office at each academy to open an admissions file. Following consideration of the applicants, Rep. Levin’s Advisory Board will propose slates of candidates for nominations to each of the service academies. Final decisions on appointments and admission are at the discretion of the service academies.
The Congressional nomination process is very competitive, and one that Rep. Levin and his Service Academy Advisory Board take very seriously. Please understand that if an applicant does not receive a nomination from Rep. Levin, it does not necessarily mean they do not meet academy standards. Rather, it likely reflects the high caliber of candidates who applied for a very limited number of nominations.
Rep. Levin will be hosting his annual U.S. Service Academy Night on August 28, 5:00PM – 7:00PM PT at Vista High School (1 Panther Way, Vista, CA 92084). It is intended for prospective and interested candidates and their families. Rep. Levin will provide opening remarks, staff will provide a briefing on the nomination process, and service academy representatives will present information on their respective academies.