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Nominations To Attend A U.S. Service Academy 

Nominations Process

Each year Sen. Cruz has the honor of nominating qualified candidates to compete for appointment to United States service academies. Sen. Cruz works hard to ensure that we maintain our commitment to all service members, and this begins with helping to identify our best suited future military leaders. Each applicant must complete a thorough application and selection process, ensuring that the most qualified candidates are nominated to lead our service men and women in combat.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates who wish to apply for a nomination must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 17 years of age, but not older than 23 by July 1 of the year of admission.
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be a Legal Texas Resident
  • By law, graduates of the service academies are appointed to active duty as commissioned officers and serve in the appropriate branch of the armed forces for a minimum of five years.

Applying for a Nomination

Applications for nominations to the Class of 2026 will open on Friday, April 2, 2021. In order to be considered for a nomination, all candidates must submit the following materials by the Friday, October 1, 2021 deadline. Please note this is NOT a postmark deadline, all application materials must arrive to the Austin office by October 1, 2021:

  1. Online Application and Questionnaire
  2. Resume
  3. Four Letters of Recommendation
  4. Official High School Transcript and College Transcripts (if applicable)
  5. Official SAT/ACT Scores
    • ACT Code: 7186
    • SAT Code: 0261

*Please note that the scores of any exams taken after September 1, 2021 cannot be guaranteed to arrive by the application deadline.

**Due to the volume of applications Sen. Cruz receives each year, his office is unable to conduct in-person applicant interviews. The materials submitted are considered the complete application for review.

Service Academy Information

It is important to remember to notify the appropriate academies of your intent to apply for admission. As a reminder, a nomination is only one part of the admissions process. To find more information on U.S. Service Academies, please visit the links below:

*Please note that a congressional nomination is not required for admission to the U.S. Coast Guard academy. If you are interested in attending the USCGA, contact the academy directly.*

Application items can be emailed to the office at Academy_Nominations@cruz.senate.gov or mailed to the Academy Coordinator at:

Senator Ted Cruz
Academy Nominations Coordinator
300 E. 8th St. Suite #961
Austin, TX 78701

For more information about nominations to the Class of 2026, please call (512) 916-5834 or click here to email our office.