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Congressman Ken Buck

Representing the 4th District of Colorado

Military Academy Nominations

Note: Application process is now closed.

Congressman Ken Buck’s application period is open April 1 - October 1. Candidates should apply to our office in the spring of their junior year of high school or in the fall/summer of their senior year. All high school students will be seniors when they interview with our office. Older candidates may also apply as long as they meet the age requirement.

To apply for a nomination from Congressman Buck click on the link below.
Before completing the application, please review this page and the page Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination.

Did you miss the Service Academy Nomination Information Day? View the slideshow here.

Selection Process

The United States Service Academies offer students a first rate and entirely free college education and the opportunity to receive an officer commission in the U.S. Armed Forces upon graduation. Every graduate of the service academies is commissioned as a second lieutenant and serves five years of active duty. To enter a United States Service Academy, you must obtain a nomination from a nominating source as well as an appointment from the academy. A nomination does not guarantee appointment to an academy, however, no appointment can be offered without one.

Congressman Buck may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot alloted to our district.

Candidates will be evaluated using a competitive system that includes a personal interview, and a review of your application, essays, academic records, letters of recommendation, community involvement, character and leadership experience. A nomination panel and staff will review applications and conduct interviews. Congressman Buck will review and confirm the panel’s recommendations.

Please note that a congressional nomination is not a guarantee of admission to a military academy. The final decision will be made by the academy itself following a "whole-person" evaluation that considers a candidate's character, scholarship, leadership, physical aptitude, medical fitness, goals and motivation.

It is your responsibility to directly contact your academy or academies of choice to request a pre-candidate questionnaire and complete a candidate file. You must start the pre-application process to your desired academy prior to November interviews even if the academy’s application process will be open until after interviews.

Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country.

NOTE: Applicants must also apply directly to the U.S. service academies in addition to seeking a nomination from Congressman Buck.


Candidate Deadlines

October 1: Applications are due
October 14 & 15: Castle Rock interviews
October 21: Greeley interviews
December-mid January: Applicants are notified of Congressman Buck’s nomination decisions
January 31: Deadline for Congressional offices to submit nomination selections to the U.S. Service Academies

For more information, you may also contact the academies or visit their websites.

U.S. Service Academy Contact Information

United States Air Force Academy
(719) 333-8807

United States Military Academy
(845) 446-2096

United States Merchant Marine Academy
(516) 773-5000

United States Naval Academy
(410) 293-6250

United States Coast Guard Academy
(800) 883-8724


For information on the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps in Colorado please contact:

Scholarship and Enrollment Officer
University of Colorado at Boulder
Folsom Stadium, Gate 3, Room 205
Phone (303) 492-3549
Fax (303) 492-5560