Service Academy Nominations

Congressman Sessions' nomination process for U.S. Service Academy selection begins in the spring semester of your junior year. You should send a letter to his District Office expressing your desire to attend one of the five military academies. Please include the following information:

  • Name
  • Name of school attending
  • Contact information (phone-home & cell; email; address)
  • Anticipated graduation date
  • Parents names

Application packages will be sent out in the spring and they will be due back in the District Office in the middle of October. Please check for the specific date each year. Applications this year are due in the office no later than 5:00 p.m. October 15, 2014. Applications received after that date and time will not be accepted for the class entering in June 2015.

Congressman Sessions utilizes an Academy Selection Board chaired by Chad Hennings. The board will review all applications to determine which candidates will be interviewed. Interviews are held in November and the Congressman will make his nominations no later than December 31st each year.

Specific questions should be forwarded to Jennifer Lang in the District Office at 972.392.0505.

Service Academy Forum
Each year, Congressman Sessions joins his North Texas colleagues in hosting a Service Academy forum for middle and high school students, and their parents, interested in learning more about the US Service Academies.  This year the hosts include: Senator John Cornyn, Senator Ted Cruz, Congresswoman Kay Granger  (TX-12), Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-3), Congressman Kenny Marchant  (TX-24), Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-5), Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26), Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33), Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), and Congressman Joe Barton (TX-6).

Saturday, April 5, 2014

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Registration Begins at 7:30 a.m.

 Download the event flyer here.

Mountain View College

4849 W. Illinois Avenue

Building E: Performing Arts Center

Dallas, TX 75211

There are five Service Academies:

      • the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), located in Colorado Springs, CO

      • the United States Naval Academy (USNA), located in Annapolis, MD

      • the United States Military Academy (USMA), located in West Point, NY

      • the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), located in Kings Point, NY

      • the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), located in New London, CT


Nominations are required for all but the USCGA, to which appointments are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition. For the USAFA, USNA, and USMA, there are various nomination authorities. Each eligible student may apply for nomination to both United States Senators from the applicant's state, to his or her United States Representative, and to the Vice President of the United States. For the USMMA, the locality boundary for nomination by a Representative is the State in which the District lies rather than just the District itself.

Each Representative and each Senator is allowed to have five students charged to him/her at USAFA, USAMA or USNA at any one time. For each vacancy the Congressman or Senator can submit 10 names. In the spring of your junior year of high school, you should begin the application process with the academy of choice and, if applicable, submit your request for a congressional service academy nomination to Congressman Sessions' Dallas office and to the offices of Texas’ U.S. Senators. It is advisable to apply to all three sources, as well as to the Vice President of the United States, in order to maximize your chances of receiving a nomination. Also, plan to take both the SAT and the ACT during your junior year. Each of these tests has a slightly different emphasis, so it is advisable to take both tests to see which one measures your educational background more favorably. Then, if you feel you may improve on your previous scores by retaking the test, it may be possible to do so prior to the deadline for application.


1. As of July 1 of the year of entry to a service academy, you must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed your 23rd birthday.

2. You must be a citizen of the United States, unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation for support of a child or other dependents.


Members of Congress want to nominate outstanding individuals who will have the best chance to qualify for appointment. The nominations are very competitive and are based upon a combination of academic achievement, leadership performance, and athletic participation.

All applications are due in the district office in mid-October of any year and interested candidates should contact the office well in advance of that date to ensure they have sufficient time to complete the application package. To meet the fierce competition for appointment and the demands placed on cadets at the academies, a thorough preparation is necessary. Applicants’ dedication, desire to serve others, ability to accept discipline, sense of duty and morality, and enjoyment of challenges will be given careful consideration. The decision to seek a nomination must be your own. The influence of parents, friends, or others, no matter how well-intentioned, seldom provides motivation to meet the rigorous challenges you will encounter at the academies. A college preparatory high school education provides the best background for the academic challenges at the academies. Four years of English, four years of math, a strong background in algebra, trigonometry, functional analysis and analytic geometry, will better prepare you for the ACT and the SAT, as well as the academic expectations of the academies. To meet the physical fitness requirements, you should participate in both individual and team sports throughout high school.

Where possible, these should be organized, competitive sports. In addition, individual fitness programs to strengthen the upper body, improve your running speed, and build your endurance should be your objective. If you do not already know how to swim, you should learn. While not required for admission, you must be able to swim at least 500 feet in five minutes to pass the swimming test during the first summer. Quality of involvement in athletic and non-athletic activities, rather than quantity, is the key. Leadership in a few select activities, rather than being a "joiner" of many, is a real plus. Congressman Sessions and his staff hope this information is helpful to you in preparing for your entry into the nomination process. If you have any questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact Congressman Sessions' Dallas office at 972.392.0505.

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Washington, DC 20515-4332
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Dallas, Texas 75251-1229
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