Glens Falls, N.Y. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) announced that her office is accepting applications for qualified students to be nominated to a U.S. Military Service Academy.

“It is one of my highest honors as a Member of Congress to nominate deserving students from New York’s 21st Congressional District to our nation’s military service academies,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Serving in our nation’s military is one of the most honorable callings and I look forward to hearing from our district’s prospective nominees.”

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.

Congresswoman Stefanik may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot allotted to our district. Interested students are asked to complete, print, sign and submit a nomination form, available on our official congressional website:

This completed form should be mailed to our Glens Falls district office, along with the following application materials, prior to November 1, 2015:

  • Current high school transcript
  • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)
  • Resume detailing extracurricular activities and any employment history
  • 500-word essay describing your reasons for wanting to serve as an officer in the United States military
  • Three letters of recommendations

Successful applicants will have a broad academic background, the ability to pass a physical aptitude test, and strong leadership potential. An applicant must also be a U.S. citizen, a high school graduate between the ages of 17 and 23, unmarried, have no dependents, and be of high moral character. Acceptance of a service academy appointment requires at least a nine-year service obligation, including four years at an academy and five years of active duty service.

A member of the Congresswoman's staff will be in contact later this fall to schedule an interview with the Service Academy Nominating Committee.