Thank you for your interest in applying to a U.S. service academy! It's an honor to select outstanding young New Jersey students for nomination to our nation's four military academies: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy. I'm grateful for your commitment to serving our nation.
To be considered for an academy nomination, you must be:
- A legal resident of the State of New Jersey
- At least 17 years old but not yet 23-years-old on July 1st of the year you would enter the academy, and less than 25-years-old for the Merchant Marine Academy
- A graduate of high school before July 1st of the year you would enter the academy
- Of high academic standing
- Unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation for the support of a dependent
- An avid participant in community service and extracurricular activities which demonstrate your leadership abilities
If you have any questions, please contact our office by phone at (973) 639-8700 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Due to the high volume of applicants and limited number of permitted nominations per member of Congress, all candidates are strongly encouraged to also apply for a nomination from Senator Menendez, their U.S. Representative, and other possible nomination sources, such as Office of the President and Vice President, and the Secretary of the Army, Navy, or Air Force. Applying to other offices will not affect your chances of securing a nomination from Senator Booker.
To be considered for admission to a service academy you must be selected by the admissions committee of your chosen service academy, receive a congressional nomination, pass the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA), and a medical exam. Some academies also prefer coursework with a demonstrated interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Service academies consider a candidate's whole application, including class rank, standardized test scores, recommendations, extracurricular activities, and athletics.
Academy Admissions Representatives
We strongly recommend contacting your chosen academy's state admissions representatives. These individuals are a great resource to provide additional information on their application process, and to assist prospective cadets and families.
Academy Summer Programs
Some service academies offer summer programs to high school juniors to provide potential candidates an insight into life at their prospective academy. If you would like to gain more exposure to academy life, you may consider applying for a summer program. Attending a summer program is not necessary to secure a nomination from Senator Booker.
Additional information on how to apply to the service academy of your choice can be found at each school's website, links to which are provided below:
*Please note the U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination.