Service Academy Nominations

Service Academy Nomination Process

As a United States Senator, I am honored to have the privilege every year of nominating a number of Ohio’s top young achievers for entry into one of our nation’s military academies.  These include the Military Academy at West Point, the Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, and the Naval Academy.  Our military academies offer the education, training, and leadership skills proven to provide each branch of the military with the best, brightest and most dedicated officers in the world. 

Beginning March 1, 2022, we will be accepting applications for those candidates who would enter into the academy in June of 2023. If you have any questions, please contact my academy coordinators in Columbus at (614) 469-6774 or 1-800-205-OHIO.

Informational Seminar Overview

Informational seminars will be co-hosted with Senator Sherrod Brown’s office virtually from 6-8p.m. on March 28th, April 6th, and April 26th.  Registration is required, please email Suzanne Cox to RSVP

Basic Requirements

• Complete application form
• Official SAT and/or ACT scores
• Three letters of recommendation 
• Official High School/College transcript
• 1-2 page essay explaining why you want to serve as an officer in the military


March – September 2022 - COMPLETE PACKET
Candidates must complete an application packet and return it to Senator Portman’s Columbus office.

Friday, September 16, 2022 - DEADLINE!
All required information for a completed application packet must be physically received in the office by 5:00p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2022. Please use sufficient postage.

September - November 2022 – INTERVIEWS
Candidates chosen for an interview will be notified by mail. Interviews are approximately 20 minutes long and are presided over by Senator Portman’s Academy Review Board. All interviews are held in Columbus or held via webex.

Senator Portman notifies interviewed candidates and submits nominations to the academies.

Students will be notified. Although some appointments are offered beyond May, the academies will make the majority of appointments between January and May.

June 2023
Appointed cadets/midshipmen are due at the academies.

Again, I encourage you to reach out to my academy coordinators with any questions at (614)-469-6774 or 1-800-205-OHIO.


Who can I apply to for a nomination?

Applicants are encouraged to apply for a nomination from all nominating sources he/she is eligible:

• Members of Congress (both U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative)

Find your Member of Congress             Contact your Member of Congress

• The Vice President of the United States

• The President of the United States (Service Affiliated Nomination)

• ROTC/JROTC Commander

The nomination process and application process at the academies are separate; however they should be accomplished simultaneously.  Make sure you know the deadlines for each nominating source and for each of the academies.

Can I apply to more than one academy?  How many academies are there?

You may be considered for any academy you are interested in attending.  There are five United States Service Academies.  Four of which require a nomination from at least one of the sources listed above.

  1. U.S. Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  2. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy – Kings Point, New York
  3. U.S. Military Academy at West Point – West Point, New York
  4. U.S. Naval Academy – Annapolis, Maryland
  5. U.S. Coast Guard Academy – New London, Connecticut *does not require a nomination*

When can I apply for a nomination from Senator Portman to one of the service academies?

You can apply for a nomination between March 1st of your junior year and September 16th of your senior year.  For the class entering in June 2023, the completed application form must be received in my Columbus office no later than 5:00p.m. on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2022.

Requirements for a completed application packet:

• Complete application form

• Official SAT and/or ACT scores (Can be included on your transcript or printed directly from the testing center’s website)

• Three letters of recommendation 

  • Official High School/College transcript
  • 1-2 page essay explaining why you want to serve as an officer in the military.

Will Senator Portman participate in the interview?

No, if you are selected for an interview, it will take place in Columbus, Ohio with a Review Board.  The Review Board consists of academy graduates, liaison officers, and community members.

Will I automatically be selected by the academy after I receive a nomination?

No.  You will be placed among a select group of nominees, and the academy will make the final decision.  If selected, you will receive an offer of admission (an appointment) directly from the academy.


Note: Once you complete the form below, you will be directed to a link to download and print the application.

Which Academies Are You Applying To