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Military Academy Nominations

As a Member of Congress, each year I have the privilege of nominating a limited number of people to four of the five service academies, and such a nomination is a requirement of admission. These academies are: U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, NY. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.

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. For more information, please review my page of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a military academy nomination.

To request a Military Academy Nomination from our office, please read carefully the instructions below. Application packets for the admission year 2023 are due September 30, 2022. Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country!

The application packet is available for download HERE.


Different Service Academy nominating offices utilize a selection process that ultimately fits the needs of the individual office. For those candidates who are applying to multiple nominating offices, please be aware that both necessary protocol and required information may differ.

Due to the competitive nature of Service Academy nominations, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply to every nominating authority for which eligibility allows. If you receive a nomination from a source other than my office, it is imperative that you immediately inform my office. There is no benefit to candidates receiving multiple nominations from multiple sources.

The information outlined in this packet represents what is required for you to be considered as a candidate to one of the United States Service Academies. Ultimately, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to submit this information fully, accurately, and according to the requested format. It is also YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to make sure that this office receives any updates to your submitted information. The postmarked submission deadline for completed application packets is FRIDAY, September 30, 2022. This will allow my staff and me ample time to conduct a thorough review of each candidate’s qualifications. Although updates to the application packets are accepted after the deadline, any candidate whose file is incomplete after September 30, 2022 cannot be considered for a nomination.

At the beginning of the application form, candidates are asked to rank their order of preference for each of the four service academies. I would encourage you to carefully consider which of the service academies you list as your first choice, as second choices will only be considered in the rare instance that there is an insufficient number of qualified candidates for a particular academy.

As stated above, completed application packets are due on September 30, 2022. Candidates will be scheduled to interview with members of my 8th District Service Academy Nomination Board on December 3, (exact location and time will be provided by mid-November). Nominations will be announced in early to mid-January 2023.

Interviews can only be scheduled for candidates with active/open applications with an academy. (i.e. I have indicated a Merchant Marine Academy nomination preference, but have not opened an application with the Merchant Marine Academy. The candidate will not be scheduled to interview with the Merchant Marine panel due to the lack of an active/open application.)

The following items must be included in order for the Candidate Packet, available for download HERE, to be considered:

1. Signed applicant agreement form (page 6).

2. Completed application form (pages 7-8).

3. A 4x6 or 5x7 color photograph of the candidate And a digital image of the same photo for media use.

4. An official transcript, stamped and signed from your high school and/or college (if applicable) studies.

5. Official copies of SAT and/or ACT scores

6. One essay of no less than 750 words, addressing all of the following questions; the essay should be typed in Times New Roman, 12 point font, and double-spaced:

a. To which Academy (or Academies) are you applying? Have you already opened an application with the Academy (or academies)?

b. Have you applied for a nomination through another source? If so, to which office(s) have you applied?

c. What are your goals and aspirations for serving in the military?

d. In what ways have you demonstrated leadership?

e. How do you think your service in the military will benefit your community and the 8th District of Pennsylvania?

f. Any other information you feel would be helpful for the Service Academy Nomination Board to know.

7. One essay of no less than 500 words, addressing your community service or involvement with a civic or school organization, and its impact on yourself and your community.

8. Two letters of recommendation from an adult to whom you are not related. These letters should attest to your character, academic, and leadership qualities. The recommender should seal the envelope and sign across the back flap.


All of this information should be compiled and mailed in one shipment to:

Office of Congressman Matt Cartwright
Attn: Service Academy Nominations
226 Wyoming Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503

Interviews of all candidates by our Military Academy Selection Board will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at a location to be announced. The candidate must be present at the scheduled time to be interviewed by the members of the Academy Committee. If a candidate applies for more than one academy this might require an appearance before more than one Selection Committee on that day.  Please note, alternate interview dates and times cannot be accommodated.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your Service Academy Candidate Packet or application form, please contact Tammy Aita ( at (570) 341-1050.

The candidate packet is available for download HERE.