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Military Academy Nominations

Congressman Ken Buck’s application period has closed for 2017 entry to the academies. 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.

Before completing the application, please review the page Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination.

Click on this link for the application:  

 Click on this link to submit letters of recommendation:

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

Selection Process

The honor of attending a service academy comes with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.

Congressman Buck may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot alloted to our district. To request a Military Academy Nomination from our office, please complete the application form and submit at least three letters of recommendation.

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.


Candidate Deadlines

October 8: Applications are due
Interviews will take place November 5 in Greeley and November 12 & 13 in Castle Rock.
January 31: Candidate selections are submitted 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