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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Service Academy Nominations

Thank you for your interest in the U.S. Service Academies. Each year Congressman Abraham has the privilege of nominating a limited number of young men and women from Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District to the U.S. 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.

Each candidate must meet the following requirements by July 1 the year of admission:

·      Age: at least 17 years old, but not older than 23

·      Citizenship: U.S. citizen

·      Marital Status: unmarried, not pregnant, no legal obligation to support children

·      Skill/Fitness: meet medical and physical requirements of the academy

All candidates must meet the minimum admission standards set by the academy. Although many of the requirements are similar, each academy operates under its own guidelines and can answer specific questions regarding admission standards. Please contact the Service Academy of your preference to establish a pre-candidate file:

U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York (www.usma.edu)

U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland (www.usna.edu)

U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado (www.usafa.edu)

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York (www.usmma.edu)

U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut (www.cga.edu)

*It is not necessary to seek a nomination to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, as they accept candidates based on their own criteria.

Applying to a U.S. Service Academy involves meeting the admission requirements of the academy as well as, receiving a nomination from an official nominating source. Applicants should pursue all available avenues of nomination including: Vice Presidential, Senatorial and Congressional. Children of career and/or retired military personnel may also seek a Presidential nomination. It is best to apply for nominations at least one year prior to your desired date of entry.

If you intend to seek Congressman Abraham’s nomination, please contact Jessica Sunderhaus to request the application at 318.445.0818 or email at jessica.sunderhaus@mail.house.gov. The application submission period opens on August 1, 2016 and the deadline to submit the application packet to the Central Louisiana District office is October 31, 2016. For more information about Congressman Abraham’s nomination process, please review the Frequently Asked Questions

Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country.