Military Academy Nominations

I’m honored to nominate hardworking, bright, and talented young people to our nation’s military service academies. These are some of the best universities in the country and help build strong leaders in our armed forces and beyond. 
The deadline to apply is October 1st, 2021. Please read through this page carefully to see how you may apply. You may also call my Overland Park office at (913) 621-0832 to ask questions.

Step 1: Introduction

Highly qualified young people have the option of attending one of our nation’s five military service academies. You may learn more about each academy by visiting their websites here:
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. Specific requirements vary for each academy. But all applicants must demonstrate academic excellence, physical fitness, a readiness for military service, and other traits. 
Except for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, all service academies require a nomination from a qualified nominating source. You may apply for a nomination from my office if you live within the Kansas 3rd Congressional district. 
If you’re not sure if you live in the Kansas 3rd congressional district, please click here to find out.
You may also request a nomination from: 

Step 2: Eligibility

All applicants must at least meet these minimum requirements to be considered for a nomination.
Age: Must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday.
Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen.
Marital Status: Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents.
Skill/Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy.

Step 3: Frequently Asked Questions

What criteria are used in selecting candidates? Nominations are based on a "whole person" evaluation. Factors such as academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character, and motivation are taken into consideration and compared with other applicants.
Are the requirements the same for all service academies? No. Although many of the qualifications are similar, each academy operates under its own admissions guidelines. Visit the website for the academy of your choice for their specific admissions qualifications.
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 of your choice will make the final decision. If selected, you will receive an offer of admission (an appointment) directly from the academy.
What if I choose more than one academy? Will I be limited to a single nomination? No. You can be nominated to multiple academies depending on how well you compete among this year's pool of candidates. It’s also possible to have multiple appointments.
Who should I ask to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf? You may ask Teachers, Counselors, Employers, Coaches, Clergy, Scout Leaders, or any non-family member who can accurately comment on your character.
When will I know if I received a nomination from your office? Members of Congress have until January 31st to submit nominations to an academy. You will be notified when nominations have been finalized and submitted to the academy. The date this occurs varies year-to-year and is affected by various items including, but not limited to, the number of applications received and the legislative calendar.
When will I know if I have been offered an appointment by an academy? Once a completed application packet is received by the academy they will begin evaluating it. You should monitor your application portal for changes to the status of your application. All offers of appointment are generally sent out by May.
Due to the competitive nature of the nomination process, you should seek as many nominations as possible.

Step 4: Complete the Service Academy Nomination Application

An application is considered "Complete" in Representative Davids’ office when it contains the following items:
Current photo in JPEG format.
Three letters of recommendation.
Academic transcript (high school and/or college).
A one-page summary of community service work, extracurricular activities and/or family responsibilities
A brief personal statement explaining why you want to attend the academy of your choice (500 words or less).
The deadline to apply is October 1st, 2021.

Support materials must be emailed to Paula Cutter-Mark at

Please email Paula with questions and to confirm that all your application materials have been received.