Ben Cardin - Senator for Maryland

Academy Nominations


Thank you for your interest in obtaining a nomination to a U.S. Service Academy.  One of my greatest responsibilities as a United States Senator is to nominate qualified young women and men for our nation’s military academies.  The class of 2020 application deadline for my office is 5PM on November 5, 2015, the application packet can be found here.

The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), U.S. Military Academy (USMA), U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) require a nomination from an authorized source before consideration for appointment. Authorized sources include your U.S. Senators, U.S. Representative, and the Vice President of the United States. Active military members, children of deceased or disabled veterans and children of career military may qualify for additional sources of nomination and should contact the service academies directly.

The service academies require that applicants:

  • Be at least 17 years old but not have passed your 23rd birthday as of July 1st of the year of acceptance.
  • Be a U.S. citizen on the day of admission.
  • Be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no obligation to support children or other dependents.
  • Be in good health and physical condition (the academies require a physical before acceptance).

Senator Ben Cardin requires that applicants:

1. Submit a complete application packet by the office deadline of 5PM on Thursday, November 5, 2015. Each applicant may only apply seek a nomination to one service academy through my office.  

A complete application packet consists of the online questionnaire and all checklist items.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to be sure any items that are being mailed (e.g. standardized test scores, letters of recommendation or transcripts from sources that do not have electronic file transfer capability) are received (not postmarked) in Senator Cardin’s Baltimore Office (address below) by 5PM on November 5, 2015.  If any items are missing from the application package after the deadline, the applicant will be withdrawn from nomination consideration. 

U. S. Senator Ben Cardin
100 South Charles Street
Tower 1, Suite 1710
Baltimore, MD 21201

2. Be available for an interview on Thursday, December 3rd or Friday, December 4th. 

Interviews will be held on Thursday, December 3rd and Friday, December 4th.  Applicants for the USAFA, USMA and USMMA will interview in Senator Cardin’s Bowie office (address below) and applicants for the USNA will interview in Senator Cardin’s Baltimore office (address below). 

Sen. Ben Cardin's Bowie Office:

10201 Martin Luther King Jr Hwy
Suite 210
Bowie, MD 20720

Sen. Ben Cardin's Baltimore Office:

Tower 1, Suite 1710
100 S. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

3. Meet all service academy age, citizenship, marital status and health requirements and initiate a pre-candidate file at each Academy to which they are seeking a nomination.  

Please Note:

It is the responsibility of each individual candidate to be sure their application packet is complete by November 5, 2015, including all documents that are being supplied by outside sources (e.g. Standardized Test Scores, Letters of Recommendation).  Any packet that is not complete by the deadline will be withdrawn from consideration.  Material that is postmarked on or after November 5, 2015 WILL NOT be accepted.  


Academy Websites

Only the service academies can make an offer of appointment (acceptance). A nomination does not ensure admission to a service academy but is required to be considered for admission to the USNA, USMA, USAFA, and USMMA. All applicants seeking a nomination must have also applied to the service academy for which they are seeking a nomination from our office.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) offers appointments based on a national competition. There are no nominations to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Interested candidates should contact the academy directly.

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