One of my favorite duties as a Member of Congress is nominating NJ District 12’s best and brightest young men and women to our nation’s service academies. Students who enter any of the five U.S. service academies must be a motivated, well-rounded, successful student ready for a unique opportunity to develop physically, ethically, and intellectually while building a foundation for a challenging and rewarding career as a military officer in the service of our nation. NJ District 12’s students traditionally are very successful at the academies, and I’m pleased to do my part to ensure that the community continues to provide some of the next generation’s outstanding military leaders.

A congressional nomination is required for students wishing to enter the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY. 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.

In order to be considered for a nomination from my office, the following must be submitted:

The 2016-2017 application cycle is now closed. If you have specific questions, you may contact my district office at (609) 883-0026 if you have further question. Thank you for your interest in the service academies,


Bonnie Watson Coleman

Member of Congress

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