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Service Academy Nominations


Recommending young men and women for one the United States service academies is one of the very best parts of my job. To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, applicants must meet the eligibility requirements established by law and be nominated by an authorized source, which includes Members of Congress.

I may nominate applicants who live in the 7th District of Texas. Nominees are selected on a competitive basis using criteria determined by the academies and my Service Academy Nominations Panel to measure one’s potential for success as a cadet or midshipman. 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

The future prosperity, security, and freedom of our nation depend upon the commitment, courage, and integrity of individuals like you who want to join our armed forces. It is an honor and privilege to consider you for nomination.


To be considered for nomination, you must submit a complete application and be interviewed by my Service Academy Nominations Panel. To request an application, please contact my Houston office by phone at (713) 682-8828 or email my office here.

The deadline to submit an application has now passed.

Congressional Nomination Application  

You may begin the application process during the spring semester of your junior year in high school. A complete application must include the following items:  

  • Application Form and Personal Questionnaire    
  • Official copy of SAT and/or ACT score report(s)
    • Score report codes for my office:  SAT 0256 and ACT 7688
  • Official copy of high school transcript
  • Official copy of college transcript, if applicable
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Letter of approval from your parent(s) or guardian(s)
  • Resumé
  • Photograph

You may submit these items together (preferred) or separately. Incomplete applications will not be given consideration.   

Submit your application by mail or deliver in person to:

Congressman John Culberson
Service Academy Nominations
10000 Memorial Drive, Suite 620
Houston, TX 77024

Personal Interview

In addition to being evaluated on your academic qualifications, leadership ability, and physical aptitude, one of the most important parts of the nomination process will be your personal interview with my Service Academy Nominations Panel. Interviews will be conducted in my Houston office on Saturday, November 10, 2018. 


Academy Application

At the beginning of the academy selection process, you should open a pre-candidate file with each of the academies in which you have an interest.  Please visit the academy websites for further information about their application process.  You can also obtain additional information about the academy admission process through your high school counselor.

«  U.S. Air Force Academy

«  U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

«  U.S. Military Academy

«  U.S. Naval Academy

«  U.S. Coast Guard Academy 

Note:  A congressional nomination is not required for appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  Please visit their website for further information about appointment to the academy.    

I also encourage you to consider attending the summer program offered by the academies. Please visit the academy websites for further information.    

Other Nominating Sources

The competition for nomination is intense. It is in your best interest to apply to every possible nominating source, including Vice President Pence, Senator Cornyn and Senator Cruz. This will provide the academies with a greater selection of candidates as well as give you a better chance of obtaining an appointment.   

If you have any questions about the application or need additional information about the nomination process, please contact the service academy nominations coordinator in my Houston office at (713) 682-8828.

I am thrilled to learn of your interest in attending one of the United States service academies, and I look forward to considering you for nomination.    

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10000 Memorial Drive Ste 620 Houston, TX 77024 Phone: (713) 682-8828

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