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2021 Service Academy Nominations

Thank you for your interest in the U.S. Service Academies.  As your Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, I have the privilege each year of nominating a limited number of people to four of the five 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.  I wish you the best as you pursue your goal of service to our country.

The Application Packet:

Nomination Application

The academy nomination application above should be downloaded and filled out completely. A completed application packet will also include:

  • A recent, small photograph (3x5 or 4x6)
  • A sealed official copy of your most recent high school transcript
  • A sealed official copy of your SAT/ACT scores
  • Unofficial copies of all your SAT/ACT scores (photocopies acceptable)
  • A resume that includes extracurricular activities and any work experience
  • Two letters of recommendation supporting your nomination
  • An essay of 500 words or less entitled, “Why I wish to attend the __ Academy.”


The original, completed application packet must be postmarked by October 25th or personally delivered to the office by November 1st to be considered. Please mail to:

            Congressman Sara Jacobs

            Attn: Korral Taylor

            2700 Adams Ave, Suite 102

            San Diego, CA 92116

Competitive Nomination Considerations:

  • The FIRST consideration is academics. Each individual's grade point average (GPA), class rank, SAT and or ACT scores will be considered.  Every candidate must have a SAT and or ACT score available for the interview;
  • The SECOND consideration is leadership experience and potential command ability. This is based upon the individual's extra-curricular activities as submitted in a statement with the application packet. This would include involvement in sports, school, civic, work and personnel/social activities;
  • The THIRD consideration is established upon the motivation and desire of the candidate to attend a service academy and serve in the armed forces.  To arrive at this consideration, each candidate is asked to complete and submit an essay of 500 words entitled "Why I wish to attend the (name of academy) Academy and serve in the armed forces." Evaluations will be based on upon writing skill and content;
  • The FOURTH and final consideration is comparative in nature, appraising each applicant's attributes against all other who are applying.   

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