Tonko Opens Service Academy Application Process

ALBANY – U.S. Rep. Paul D. Tonko, D-Amsterdam, has opened his office’s annual service academy nomination process.
Students interested in applying to service academies for one of four branches of the military – the Air Force, Army, Merchant Marines and the Navy – are asked to submit application forms via an online portal on the congressman’s website by Friday, Oct. 28. Applicants must be nominated by a member of Congress or through a military service connection to be considered for admission to these academies.

Members of Congress can nominate up to 10 individuals for each vacant academy slot allotted to the district, with up to five appointments in each service academy. Tonko’s nomination portal can be found on his website at There potential cadets can review a checklist of requirements that need to be met by the application deadline.

“These academies offer young New Yorkers the opportunity to receive an excellent education while serving their country,” Tonko said in a statement. “In the past seven years, I have been happy to see so many cadets receive nominations into academies that help to develop them morally, mentally and physically. New York has a proud tradition of military service and the highest ideals of duty and honor, and I look forward to seeing these future leaders carry on that tradition.”

Applicants must be between 17 and 23, a U.S. citizen, at least a senior in high school and reside in the 20th Congressional District. They also must be unmarried, not pregnant and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

The application packet must include a current photo, high school transcripts, ACT or SAT results, a resume of extracurricular activities, an essay of 500 words or less stating why the applicant wants to attend a service academy and at least three letters of recommendation.

Each academy operates under its own admission guidelines, though many of the qualifications are similar. Potential applicants are recommended to review each academy’s requirements for further details.

Members of Congress can nominate candidates for four of the five service academies: the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut, does not require a congressional nomination.

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