Military Academy Nominations


The deadline to submit applications is Friday, October 15, 2021.


The honor of attending a service academy comes with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. For more details, please review this overview of the nomination process and page of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination

Members of Congress may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies: U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, NY. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.

Congressman Panetta may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot allotted to our district.

To be considered for a Military Academy Nomination from my office, please complete the form below and submit it, along with the following items to my Salinas District Office by October 15, 2020:

  • Current Photo
  • High School and College (if applicable)Transcripts (must be official and sealed)
  • Official ACT and/or SAT Results
  • Resume of extracurricular activities
  • Essay stating why you wish to attend a military academy (500 words or less)
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation

If you have any questions please call my Salinas District Office at 831-424-2229 or email

Your Information

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This form requires you to print, sign and mail, fax, or hand deliver the signed copy. Your social security number will not be transmitted electronically.

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Education Information
Test Scores

SAT Scores

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Academy Information

Number your preference (1 to 4) of academies — with 1 being your highest preference

An appointment to the Service Academies is based on a desire by the candidate to devote a lifetime of military service and implies recognition by the appointee of an obligation to the government to devote him / herself to a military career.

Additional Information


Please include a list of your extra curricular activities and leadership responsibilities.

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