Aaron Schock

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Thank you for your interest in the U.S. Service Academies. As your 18th District Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, each year I have the privilege of nominating a limited number of people to four of the five service academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country.

UPDATE: On February 16, 2014, Congressman Schock announced that he has nominated 25 students to a military academy for the class entering the fall of 2014. Click here to read more. 


Ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bob Michel VA clinic

SCHOCK TO HOST 2014 ACADEMY NIGHT 
April 21, 2014 in Peoria 
April 22, 2014 in Springfield 

On April 21 in Peoria, the program will begin promptly at 7:00 P.M.; however, the doors will open and registered participants will have access to my staff and academy representatives at 6:30 P.M.  Attendees will meet in the base aerospace dining facility in Building 628 at the Illinois Air National Guard base, 182d Airlift Wing, 2416 S. Falcon Blvd, Peoria.  The security personnel on site will provide parking instructions and directions to the building.  

If you plan to attend the Peoria event on April 21, due to security constraints anyone interested in attending must RSVP no later than April 14, 2014 by emailing LT Anthony Mini at anthony.mini@ang.af.mil or calling him at (309) 633-5241.  LT Mini will need the complete names (with middle initial) and dates of birth of all of those attending this event.  Unfortunately, without this information, you may be delayed or prevented from accessing the base. 

On April 22 in Springfield, the program will begin promptly at 7:00 P.M.; however, the doors will open and registered participants will have access to my staff and academy representatives at 6:30 P.M.  Attendees will meet in the new base dining hall in Building P-48 at the Illinois Air National Guard base, 183rd Fighter Wing, Capital Airport, 3101 J David Jones Parkway. The security personnel on site will provide parking instructions and directions to the building.  

If you plan to attend the Springfield event on April 22, due to security constraints anyone interested in attending must RSVP no later than April 15, 2014 by emailing Major Renard Jackson at renard.jackson@ang.af.mil.  Major Jackson will need the complete names (with middle initial) and dates of birth of all of those attending this event. Unfortunately, without this information, you may be delayed or prevented from accessing the base.
 

What is a nomination?

Members of Congress may nominate applicants who meet the eligibility requirements established by law. A candidate may seek a nomination from the following:

  • A member of the U.S. House of Representatives who represents the congressional district in which the candidate resides
  • Both U.S. Senators from his or her state
  • Apply directly to the Vice-President of the United States

What are the basic eligibility requirements?

Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st of the year of admission to an academy:

  • Age: Be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Marital Status: Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents
  • Residence: Must reside within the boundaries of the 18th District of Illinois.
  • Skill / Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy.

Who Is Eligible?

An applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1 of the year of admission to a service academy. He or she must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday, must be a United States citizen, and must be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

Applying To My Office For A Nomination

Students interested in a nomination should contact my Peoria office in the spring of their junior year in high school. Also, please note that it is extremely important that the student begin the application process with the academies themselves.

If you would like to schedule a meeting to learn more about the academy nomination process, please feel free to contact my office.  My Military/ Veterans Advocate, Michael Gilmore, would be more than happy to come to your school to discuss this process.  Michael can be reached by email at michael.gilmore@mail.house.gov or by telephone at (309) 671-7027.

Service Academies

There are five Service Academies: The United States Air Force (USAFA), Naval (USNA), Military (USMA), Merchant Marine (USMMA), and Coast Guard (USCGA) Academies. Nominations are required for all but the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, to which appointments are made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition.
 
As far as the USAFA, USNA, and USMA are concerned, there are various nomination authorities, with each eligible young person being able to apply to both United States Senators from the applicant's state, his or her United States Representative, and the Vice President (if very highly qualified). The other nomination categories are military-affiliated.

With respect to the Congressional category, each Representative and each Senator is allowed to have at each of those academies at any one time five persons charged to his or her quota. There are three methods of nominating, and I use the competitive method. For each vacancy, ten nominations may be made on a strictly competitive basis. The competitive method provides that the nominees compete among themselves for final appointment determined by the admissions authorities. They take into consideration a nominee's academic record, extracurricular and athletic activities, physical aptitude, ACT and/or SAT scores, leadership ability, and medical qualifications. Such facets of an applicant's record are also considered during the nomination selection process. No person will be offered admission if he or she does not meet the physical standards of the Academy unless awarded a medical waiver.

Seeking a Nomination: Frequently Asked Questions

As competition for nomination and appointment is very keen, it is wise for all interested persons to apply through all sources for which they are eligible and for all Academies in which they have a real interest. An individual may be nominated by more than one nominating authority and/or to more than one Academy.

With regard to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 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 may nominate ten candidates each year to compete for admission.

Who do I contact to request an application?

Contact my office at (309) 671-7027 to request a nomination packet.

When do I apply for a nomination?

My nomination application period opens May 2 of each year for those candidates who are high school juniors and will be seniors the following school year, or who have already graduated.

What is the deadline for completing a nomination file?

This year the deadline for submitting a nomination packet to my District Office is November 30.

What must be included in my nomination file?

A complete nomination file consists of the following items:

  • Current photo
  • High school transcript
  • American College Testing Program (ACT) results and/or College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) results
  • Resume of extracurricular activities
  • An essay stating why you want to attend a service academy (500 words or less)
  • Minimum of four letters of recommendation

What happens after I have completed my nomination file?

Applicants who submit a completed nomination file will be scheduled for an interview in mid-December.

What criteria is used in selecting candidates?

Nominations are based on a "whole person" evaluation. Factors such as academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character and motivation are taken into consideration and compared with other applicants.

How many academies are there?

There are five service academies.

Three reside within the Department of Defense:

Two reside within the Department of Transportation:

Are the requirements the same for all of the service academies?

No. Although many of the qualifications are similar, each academy operates under its own admissions guidelines. Visit the academy of your choice via the web sites noted for each academy's particular admissions qualifications. It is not necessary to seek a nomination to the Coast Guard Academy, as the U.S.C.G.A. accepts candidates based on their own testing criteria.

Who should I ask to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf?

Some of the people applicants typically seek recommendations from include:

  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Employers
  • Coaches
  • Clergy
  • Scout Leaders

I do not require a specific recommendation form. A letter of recommendation is sufficient.

Will I automatically be selected by the academy after I receive a nomination?

No. You will be placed among a select group of nominees, and the academy of your choice will make the final decision. If selected, you will receive an offer of admission (an appointment) directly from the academy.

What if I choose more than one academy? Will I be limited to a single nomination?

No. You can be nominated to multiple academies depending on how well you have competed among this year's pool of candidates. It is also possible to win multiple appointments.

When will I know if I have been offered an appointment by an academy?

Academies will begin to notify candidates of their admission status in February. All offers of appointment are generally sent out by May.

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