WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) invites all eligible high school students to apply for a nomination to attend the United States service academies. Members of Congress are authorized by law to nominate candidates for appointment to four of five U.S. service academies. These schools are:

U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point, N.Y. U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, M.D. U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, C.O. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment, as this academy accepts candidates based on their own testing criteria. These institutions prepare college-age Americans to be officers in the U.S. uniformed services. Upon graduation, service academy graduates join active or reserve status as officers for a minimum of five years.

“It is my honor to nominate exceptional young men and women from the 15th District of Texas to our nation’s military academies,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “These academies offer students a top-notch education and train them become the next generation of military leaders. I encourage all interested students to apply for a nomination and to serve their country.”

Although many of the qualifications are similar, each military service academy operates under its own admissions guidelines. Nominations are based on a "whole person" evaluation. The academies consider several factors including: academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character, and motivation are taken into consideration. The application period ends on November 3, 2017.

For more information please visit the “Services” page on the congressman’s website: https://gonzalez.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations or call the Edinburg District Office at (956) 682-5545.