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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

Service Academy Nominations


Thank you for your interest in the U.S. Service Academies. As your 14th 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.

U.S. Service Academies:

Hultgren Reminds High School Students of Service Academy Opportunity

September 12, 2018

Campton Hills, IL — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) announced he is accepting applications for congressional nominations to attend one of our nation’s Service Academies: U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York; U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; and U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. The deadline for applications for the class of 2023 is October 26, 2018.

“Of the applicants from last year, an impressive eleven students from the 14th Congressional District were selected to attend a United States Service Academy. It is a high honor for students to be selected to attend our nation’s Service Academies, and I’ve been thrilled at the number of our community’s students who have been chosen to attend these distinguished institutions,” said Rep. Hultgren. “If a student desires to pursue this rigorous education and career, it is important they pursue a congressional nomination. I look forward to seeing the strong talent our local high schools have to offer our nation.”

An appointment to a U.S. Service Academy is a rare honor and requires at least a nine-year service obligation, including four years at an academy and five years of active duty service. Selections are evaluated on character, scholarship, leadership, and physical aptitude. Nominations are given by Members of Congress and the Office of the Vice President.

To apply, applicants must be in the military or high school seniors or graduates under the age of 23, and residents of the 14th Congressional District.

Interviews for each applicant will be held November 30th and December 1st. Congressional nominations will be submitted to the respective academies and candidates will be notified by January 1, 2019.

Information regarding each Academy application procedure is available on each of the Academy’s websites, which include important information regarding each academy’s specific deadlines and requirements.

For additional questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact Carol Berger at (630) 584-2734.

To Apply

Download the following U.S. Service Academy Nomination Application and Information Packet.

If you are having trouble with the link above, please follow the steps below:

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  4. You may then open it within Acrobat Reader.


For more information, please review my page of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Service Academy Nomination.


If you have any questions regarding U.S. service academy nominations, please contact my Service Academy Nomination Coordinator, Carol Berger at 630-584-2734 or