Service Academy Nominations


Thank you for your interest in applying for a nomination from Congressman Sarbanes to attend a Military Service Academy.

Congressman Sarbanes is honored to nominate candidates who are residents of his district for admission to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

The number of nominations that a Senator or Representative can make in a particular year depends on how many vacancies exist at the particular academy, and also depends on the yearly quota allocated to each Senator’s or Representative’s office. The process of receiving a Congressional nomination is very competitive, and the objective is to identify young citizens who are most qualified for an Academy education and subsequent military career. Please note that each Academy makes final admissions decisions from the pool of nominees.

Nominees must meet the following basic requirements:

  1. Be at least 17 years of age and less than 23 years of age at time of Academy entry;
  2. Be a citizen of the United States;
  3. Be a legal resident of Maryland’s Third Congressional District;
  4. Not be married or pregnant and under no legal obligation to support a child or dependent;
  5. Have competitive scores on the Writing, Verbal and Mathematics portions of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT);
  6. Have high academic standing in secondary school class (at least in the upper 40%);
  7. Be in first-rate medical condition and have the proper physical aptitude;
  8. Participate and succeed in organized athletics, student government, clubs or other extracurricular activities;

Many other factors – including academic ability, moral character, leadership potential and physical fitness – factor into the nomination process.


The Application Process

All application materials, except for standardized test scores, must be submitted by Friday, November 12, 2021.

Please follow the below steps to complete your application:

  1. Complete the online portion of the application.
  2. Email the following documents to (please adhere to noted subject lines):
    1. (3) Letters of Recommendation
      1. SUBJECT LINE: Applicant Name / Recommendation
      2. Must Be Emailed by Recommending Source
    2. Transcript and/or Proof of Enrollment
      1. SUBJECT LINE: Applicant Name / Transcript
      2. Must Be Emailed by Counselor or Equivalent
    3. Signed and Notarized Affidavit of Residence
      1. SUBJECT LINE: Applicant Name / Affidavit (See here for form)
      2. Must Be Emailed by Applicant
      3. Must Also Send Notarized Hard Copy via Traditional Mail to 600 Baltimore Ave. Suite 303 Towson MD 21204 (May arrive after deadline if emailed copy was received)
  3. Due to the impact of COVID-19, SAT and ACT scores are currently not required.
  4. Submissions that are not completed by the due date will be ineligible for consideration.
  5. Information regarding personal interviews will be provided to applicants who submit a completed package by the due date.

If you are interested in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, you can apply directly via the Academy's website. Congressional nominations are not required.

If you have any questions about Congressman Sarbanes' new online academy nomination process, please contact Fred Hassell at (202)538-9550 or by email at (with your last name in the subject line).


Additional Information

For more information about each U.S. Military Academy, see below.