What are Congressional military academy nominations?

Members of Congress are authorized by law to nominate candidates for appointment to four U.S. service academies. These schools are the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment. In addition to requesting a nomination from a Member of Congress or another nominating official, an individual seeking appointment to a service academy must separately apply to the service academies to which he or she seeks to be appointed.

What are the eligibility requirements?

To qualify for a military academy, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or national; 
  • Must be a Florida resident;
  • Age: At least 17 years of age and not yet 23 years old on July 1 of the year the applicant would enter an academy (25 years old for USMMA);
  • Dependent Status: Unmarried; Not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents
  • Meet the academic, physical, and medical requirements of the Military academies 

What documents are required in my nomination application?

The following documents must be completed and submitted no later than September 15th, 2020:

  • Completed Questionnaire
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • High School Transcript
  • SAT/ACT Scores
    • To directly submit your SAT/ACT test scores to Senator Rick Scott's office, please use the SAT test code of 0220 and ACT test code of 7118.
  • 2"x2" Headshot

* The application process for Senator Rick Scott’s 2020 Congressional Nominations has closed. Please see the below timeline for the 2021 nominations process. 

What is the timeline for the nomination process? 

  • March 1, 2020:
Application portal opens
  • September 15, 2020:
Deadline to submit application and required documents
  • September 15, through December 18, 2020:
Applications reviewed | Interviews conducted | Final evaluations
  • December 18, 2020 through January 31, 2021:
Nomination selections made
  • January 31, 2021:
2021 Congressional Nominations Deadline






Note:  Please check back regularly for updates.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at nominations@rickscott.senate.gov.