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U.S. Service Academy Nominations

CA-23 Class of 2020-Left to Right- Justin Bishop (USAFA), Anne Ewbank (USAFA) Brian McCormick (USAFA), Congressman McCarthy, Jaeden Watson (USMA) Sarah Gingras (USAFA), Andrew Lewis (USNA). Not pictured: Robert Purdy (USMA) and Garron Ireton (USAFA).

Appointment to an academy includes a four-year scholarship with a service obligation of six years.  

For detailed information about the service academy nomination process, click on the link for the Application Packet.  Please note that the deadline to submit applications is October 20.

In the Fall, Congressman McCarthy hosts an “Academy Forum” in Bakersfield for students of the 23rd Congressional District who are interested in attending one of the U.S. Service

Academies. Students are introduced to the nomination and appointment process, as well as have an opportunity to listen to presentations by Academy Liaison Officers who represent the U.S. Air Force, Merchant Marine, Coast Guard, Military and Naval Academies. There is also an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the liaison officers to ask questions and learn more about each academy.

For questions, please contact Kati McKeown, Service Academy Coordinator, in the Bakersfield office at (661) 327-3611.

Please note: A congressional nomination is not a guarantee of admission. The final decision to appoint will be made by the service academy itself following the final review of your medical and academic qualifications by the Service Academy Admission’s Board.

For more information on the service academies themselves and other programs offered, please visit their websites. Just click on the service academy of your choice.

  U.S. Air Force Academy Colorado Springs, CO

  U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis, MD

  U.S. Military Academy West Point, NY

  U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, NY

  U.S. Coast Guard Academy* New London, CT

*The U.S. Coast Guard does not require a congressional appointment.  Appointments are considered solely on the basis of an annual nationwide competition.

For more information, please review the page of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination.