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Academy Nominations

Each year hundreds of South Carolina's best and brightest young men and women contact my office about a nomination to a Service Academy. There are five Service Academies: United States Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Military Academy at West Point, and the Naval Academy. Please note that nominations are required for all but the Coast Guard Academy.

Applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements and be nominated by an authorized nominating source. Nominating sources include, but are not limited to, your two United States Senators and your United States Congressman (you may verify other sources with the Academies). You are encouraged to visit the websites for each Academy to determine their entrance requirements as well as their deadline for application.

Members of Congress may have no more than five people attending each Service Academy at any given time. For each vacancy, ten nominations may be submitted to the respective Academy Admissions Office. Offers of appointment are made by the Academy on a competitive basis measuring the eligibility of all ten nominees. **NOTE: a nomination does not guarantee an appointment.

Those interested in a nomination from my office must use the online Service Academy program. To start the process, please click here. Once you create an online account, you will be able to access the online application.

Thank you for your interest in our nation's Service Academies. Please contact my Columbia office if you have any questions or need further information at 803-933-0112 or academy_nominations@lgraham.senate.gov.



Eligibility Requirements


An applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st of the year of admission to a Service Academy:

Must be a United States citizen

Must be a legal resident of South Carolina

Must be at least 17 years of age, but cannot have passed their 23rd birthday

*The US Merchant Marine Academy varies slightly, allowing individuals between the ages of 17 and 25 to apply*

Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy (contact the Academies directly for more information regarding their standards)

Cannot be pregnant or have a legal obligation to support children or other dependents


2014-2015 Application Requirements for Senator Graham


In addition to completing the online application, you must also submit the information below in one packet to my Columbia office. Incomplete application accounts will not be considered - no exceptions will be made.

*APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014, AT 5:00pm*


For High School Seniors:


1. Principal or Guidance Counselor Recommendation Form: This Recommendation Form must be completed by your Principal or Guidance Counselor and placed in a sealed envelope with his/her signature across the seal. 
CLICK HERE FOR A DOWNLOADABLE RECOMMENDATION FORM (PDF).

2. 2 Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation must be addressed to Senator Graham and may come from sources of your choice, except family members.

3. Transcript: An official transcript of your high school academic record (and college, if applicable) must be submitted in a sealed envelope with a signature across the seal. This transcript must show your final junior grades and numerical class rank (percentile ranks are not acceptable).

4. College Boards (SAT and/or ACT Scores): Your scores may be submitted from the respective testing agency (reporting codes: ACT: 7180 and SAT: 5720) or you may include a copy of your scores in your application packet.

5. Candidate Overview: Your Overview will provide a more in-depth view of your desire to attend a Service Academy; therefore, you must write an essay to address each of the below questions and provide an Overview for each Academy you are seeking a nomination.

• Which Academy are you seeking a nomination and why?
• Each Academy carefully designs curriculum to meet the needs of their specific branch of service and ensures they graduate officer-leaders of character to serve their service as well as the Nation. If you receive an Appointment, what do you think might be your chosen major and why?
• Your service commitment begins at graduation, when you become a commissioned officer. During your senior year, however, you will decide your service specialty. If you had to choose today, what service would you select?
• Please describe how Academy life will benefit you, post graduation, as a service member and individual in the local community.


For Students attending a Service Academy Prep School or College/University:

1. 3 Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation must be addressed to Senator Graham and may come from sources of your choice, except family members.

2. College Boards (SAT and/or ACT Scores): Your scores may be submitted from the respective testing agency (reporting codes: ACT: 7180 and SAT: 5720) or you may include a copy of your scores in your application packet.

3. Candidate Overview: Your Overview will provide a more in-depth view of your desire to attend a Service Academy; therefore, you must write an essay to address each of the below questions and provide an Overview for each Academy you are seeking a nomination.

• Which Academy are you seeking a nomination and why?
• Each Academy carefully designs curriculum to meet the needs of their specific branch of service and ensures they graduate officer-leaders of character to serve their service as well as the Nation. If you receive an Appointment, what do you think might be your chosen major and why?
• Your service commitment begins at graduation, when you become a commissioned officer. During your senior year, however, you will decide your service specialty. If you had to choose today, what service would you select?
• Please describe how Academy life will benefit you, post graduation, as a service member and individual in the local community.


For Active Duty Service Men and Women:

1. 3 Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation must be addressed to Senator Graham and may come from sources of your choice, except family members.

2. College Boards (SAT and/or ACT Scores): Your scores may be submitted from the respective testing agency (reporting codes: ACT: 7180 and SAT: 5720) or you may include a copy of your scores in your application packet.

3. Candidate Overview: Your Overview will provide a more in-depth view of your desire to attend a Service Academy; therefore, you must write an essay to address each of the below questions and provide an Overview for each Academy you are seeking a nomination.

• Which Academy are you seeking a nomination and why?
• Each Academy carefully designs curriculum to meet the needs of their specific branch of service and ensures they graduate officer-leaders of character to serve their service as well as the Nation. If you receive an Appointment, what do you think might be your chosen major and why?
• Your service commitment begins at graduation, when you become a commissioned officer. During your senior year, however, you will decide your service specialty. If you had to choose today, what service would you select?
• Please describe how Academy life will benefit you, post graduation, as a service member and individual in the local community.

Interviews:

Qualified applicants who are considered an "official" candidate at their Academy(s) of choice must sit for an interview with my Academy Panels. Interview dates will be announced after October 31st and are held on a Saturday in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville. NOTE: submitting a complete application account to my office does not guarantee an interview.


Final Notes


It is in your best interest to complete your application file at your Academy of choice as soon as possible. The Academy will notify you about a medical examination which is administered by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) and a Candidate Fitness Test.

Due to the competitiveness of the admissions process, you are encouraged to request a nomination from all possible nominating sources.

Remember, you are responsible for submitting all application requirements in one packet to my Columbia office no later than 5:00pm on Friday, October 31, 2014.

*INCOMPLETE APPLICATION ACCOUNTS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED - NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.* 



Office of United States Senator Lindsey Graham
508 Hampton Street, Suite 202
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 933-0112 Phone
(803) 933-0957 Fax
Academy_nominations@lgraham.senate.gov
 
 

** It is your responsibility to provide my Columbia office with the above requested information by Friday, October 31st, at 5:00pm. No exceptions will be made and delivery service will not be grounds for a late submission. **

Keep in mind receiving an offer of appointment is an extremely competitive process; therefore, you may wish to consider one of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs at your college or university of choice. ROTC can offer you the same officer commission and military career opportunity as a Service Academy. In addition, ROTC offers a variety of tuition and fees scholarships. For more information, please visit the ROTC website: www.rotc.com

For more information on the Service Academies, you are encouraged to check out their websites:

 United States Military Academy at West Point

United States Naval Academy


 United States Air Force Academy

 United States Merchant Marine Academy

 United States Coast Guard Academy

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