How and When do candidates apply for congressional nominations?


10-Year Member
Jul 9, 2006
Since 4 of the 5 Service Academies require a Nomination (CGA being the exception) now is the time to start the process.....

You should apply for all nominations you are eligible for and everyone is eligilbe for 3 Member of Congress (MOC) Nominations.

The easiest way to get the applications is to visit their websites - make sure you are in the correct congressional district! Read the directions carefully - each MOC seems to have their "own way of doing things"!

Some have online applications and others will mail you a packet. They are all mostly like a standard college application requiring references, transcripts and some require essays.

Most MOC's have a deadline date sometime in the fall - do interviews in late fall and nominate around Christmas time. Spend some quality time on your applications and do a good job on them when you have the time!
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Jun 15, 2006
each MOC seems to have their "own way of doing things"

And do what they say and don't call and ask if you can do something different. If they want a math teacher recommendation, send a math teacher recommendation. Physics doesn't count. It will count against you. They will automatically assume the worst. That you and your math teacher didn't get along.