Service Academy Nominations

Our application process is now open.  The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m., October 18th, 2019.  Items received after this date will not be considered regardless of postmark date. If you have questions please contact Jon Lanctin, Director of Constituent Services, at (715) 298-9344. Thank you for your interest in the academies. 

Interviews will be conducted in our Wausau office on October 26th, 2019.

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Nomination to a U.S. Service Academy


  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Single
  • At least 17 years old (but not older than 23) as of the date classes begin
  • Without dependents (and not pregnant)
  • A resident of the 7th District

Nomination vs. Appointment

An elected official has a set number of nominations they can make each year. Your nomination by an elected official is NOT an appointment to an Academy. Your nomination is necessary, however, for an Academy to appoint you. Only an Academy can appoint someone to attend.

Medical Requirements: The academies require a thorough medical exam as part of the admissions process. Applicants with less than perfect vision may be ineligible or need a waiver depending on the academy. Few “eye waivers” are approved (the Merchant Marine Academy grants none), so even superior candidates may be rejected for this reason. The individual academy catalogs should be consulted for each school’s requirements.

ACT/SAT Scores: Your scores on these tests are an important part of your application. If you have not already taken the test you should arrange to take it as early as possible. Please note that at least one of the academies is now requiring the new writing portion of the test. Your guidance counselor can provide registration information. You can have your scores sent directly to me by listing my code number (ACT:  7760; SAT:  0265) on the test form.

Evaluation Criteria: The academies consider evidence of character, scholarship, leadership, physical aptitude, medical fitness, personal goals, and motivation in performing each nominee’s “whole-person” evaluation. These are also the criteria I use to determine nominations.

Precandidate Questionnaires: Contact the academy or academies of your choice to request a precandidate questionnaire. This is the first step in Admissions Office’s evaluation of your record. The results of this evaluation are provided by each academy to members of Congress to assist them in screening their applicants.

Nomination: The nomination process is very competitive. I urge you to apply for a nomination from me as well as Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Ron Johnson, and Senator Tammy Baldwin.

Further information regarding application procedures for these nominations is available through each academy’s website, listed below. Applying for more than one nomination increases your chances of securing a nomination. More than one nomination, however, is neither required nor helpful in gaining an appointment. If another authority nominates you, please notify me so that I may allow other candidates the opportunity for nomination.

Checklist of Necessary Items for U.S. Service Academy Nomination

  • Official copy of ACT or SAT scores
  • Official high school transcript sealed by school. Transcript must be in a sealed, unopened envelope.
  • Recommendation letter from school principal or counselor. Letter must be in a sealed envelope with their signature upon the seal.
  • Recommendation letter from English, Math or Science teacher. Letter must be in a sealed envelope with their signature upon the seal.
  • Recommendation letter from another person who has known you for at least three years and is NOT a relative. Letter must be in a sealed envelope with their signature upon the seal.
Jon Lanctin
Congressman Sean Duffy
208 Grand Avenue
Wausau, WI 54403