The honor of attending a service academy comes with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. For more information, please review the page of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Service Academy Nomination.

Members of Congress may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies:

  • U.S. Military Academy (USMA) in West Point, NY;
  • U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, MD;
  • U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, CO;
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, NY.
  • The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) in New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.

The deadline to apply for a service academy nomination is November 1, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact our Lafayette office at (337) 703-6105.

    How to Apply

    1. Click here to download an application form.
    2. Print and complete the application package.
    3. Gather all required supporting materials, including an official high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores, at least three letters of recommendation, a one-page resume, and a short essay (500-750 words).
    4. Submit your completed application and all supporting materials.
    5. Return by hand or mail to Office of Congressman Clay Higgins; 600 Jefferson Street, Ste 808; Lafayette, LA 70501