Military Academy Nominations
As a 20-year commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, Hawaiʻi Air National Guard, it is my honor to nominate exceptional students from the state of Hawai‘i for appointment to the United States Service Academies.
The four service academies that require a nomination are: U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy (West Point), and the U.S. Naval Academy. The Coast Guard Academy does not use Congressional nominations in its appointment process.
The deadline for students applying for an appointment to the Military Service Academy class of 2026 is October 31, 2021.
If you have questions specific to Military Service Academy Nominations, please contact my Hawaiʻi State Director Stevie Li at Stevie.Li@mail.house.gov.
Members of Congress have a limited number of nominations to submit for consideration each year. As a result, the selection process for a congressional nomination is extremely competitive. In accordance with the Service Academy “whole person” approach for selecting the best qualified candidates, candidates should have a strong academic background, participation in school and community activities, a high standard of physical fitness, and a desire to serve as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Military. Please note that a nomination does not guarantee admission into a military academy. Each academy’s admissions board ultimately determines who receives an academy appointment.
To begin the application process, you should first apply directly to the service academy you wish to attend (i.e., the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy (West Point), and the U.S. Naval Academy). You should then apply for all of the nominations for which you may be eligible including, but not limited to, your elected representatives in Congress (both U.S. Senators and the one U.S. Representative for your district) and the President and Vice President of the United States
Due to a competitive and thorough selection process, students are encouraged to apply to their congressional sponsors and service academies in the spring of their junior year. Students in their senior year will also be considered.
October 31, 2021: Deadline to submit on-line application
November: Selected applicants will be scheduled for interviews.
December: Interviews in the Representative’s Hilo office or via video conference or telephone.
January: Notification of selected nominees.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to apply for a nomination.
- Be a U.S. Citizen (or will be a U.S. Citizen before entering an academy).
- Be between the ages of 17 and 23 (U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy) and/or 17 and 25 years old on July 1 (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy).
- Be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.
- Successfully pass the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) physical strength test and a medical exam by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DoDMER) or its contractor.
- A legal resident of the State of Hawai‘i.
Check out my ready-to-print one pager (front and back) of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination.
Representative Kahele may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot allotted to our district. To request a Military Academy Nomination from our office, please complete the form below. Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country.