Service Academy Nominations
Thank you for your interest in serving our country! Each year I have the pleasure of nominating the best and brightest young men and women from New Jersey's 12th Congressional District to our nation's service academies. These academies include the Military Academy at West Point, New York, the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Of particular interest is the Merchant Marine Academy, which is not as well-known as the others and about which I urge you to obtain more information on.
Bonnie Watson Coleman
Member of Congress
The submission period for the 2022-2023 Service Academy Application cycle is now open. Please read all instructions and utilize the forms and contact information found at the bottom of this page.
For your application to be considered, it must be submitted entirely digitally, with all components saved as individual PDF documents, and submitted in a single email by 5 PM on October 14th, 2022.
Your application, and all supplemental required documents should be sent as individually saved PDFs via singular email to AcademyNominationsNJ12@gmail.com
In order to be considered for a nomination by Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, each applicant must submit the following:
- Letter of Interest detailing why they would like to attend a Service Academy
- Application Form (includes: a photo, essays and a signed certification form)
- Recommendation from a Guidance Counselor
- At least 2 recommendations from someone not related to the applicant
- Most Recent Transcript
- ACT or SAT scores
Please save all components of your application as PDF files, titled “LastName ApplicationComponent” (ex: Smith Resume.pdf, Smith Transcript.pdf)
Each applicant for a nomination must also have already started or submitted an application to the Service Academy for which they are seeking a nomination.
This application is solely the responsibility of the person applying, and as such, we expect to hear exclusively from the applicant. If students need to call during school hours, we suggest that they visit their guidance counselor's office for assistance.Applicant must reside within New Jersey's 12th Congressional District- if you are unsure as to what district you reside in please visit house.gov
Frequently Asked Questions:
Members of Congress may nominate (recommend) applicants who meet the eligibility requirements established by law. A candidate may seek a nomination from the following:
- A member of the U.S. House of Representatives who represents the congressional district in which the candidate resides
- Both U.S. Senators from his or her state
- The President (sons and daughters of career military personnel only)
- The Vice-President
Applying to other offices will not affect your chances of securing a nomination from Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman.
Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st of the year of admission to an academy:
- Be at least 17 years old, but not have passed their 23rd birthday
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents
- Must reside within the boundaries of the 12th Congressional District of New Jersey (address filed with my office must match the address on file with the academy)
- Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy.
This year the deadline for submitting a nomination packet to my District Office is October 14, 2022. This deadline is firm and late applications will not be accepted.
In late November, you will be contacted by my Academy Coordinator who will schedule you for an interview with my volunteer Service Academy Board.
Nominations are based on a "whole person" evaluation. Factors such as willingness to serve our nation, academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character and motivation are taken into consideration and compared with other applicants.
There are five service academies.
U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York
U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland
U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York
U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut (no nomination required)
No. Although many of the qualifications are similar, each academy operates under its own admissions guidelines. Visit the academy of your choice via the web sites noted for each academy's particular admissions qualifications. It is not necessary to seek a nomination to the Coast Guard Academy, as the US CGA accepts candidates based on their own testing criteria.
No. You will be placed among a select group of nominees, and the academy of your choice will make the final decision. If selected, you will receive an offer of admission (an appointment) directly from the academy.
No. You can be nominated to multiple academies depending on how well you have competed among this year's pool of candidates. It is also possible to win multiple appointments.
Academies will begin to notify candidates of their admission status in January. All offers of appointment are generally sent out by May.
Contact Jarquiza Ayers, my Academy Coordinator, at (609) 883-0026 or Jarquiza.Ayers [at] mail.house.gov.
Here are the forms you'll need:
The Service Academy Application
Service Academy Counselor Recommendation form
Service Academy Non-Counselor Recommendation form