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U.S. Service Academy Nominations

Class of 2023- (Left to Right) Michael Stegeman, U.S. Naval Academy appointee from Frazier Mountain High School/ The Kiski School; Jessica Riggs, U.S. Naval Academy appointee from Tehachapi High School; Enrique Arjona, U.S. Air Force Academy from Lancaster High School; Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Ryan Aguilar, a U.S. Military Academy appointee from Liberty High School; Jonathan Parham, U.S. Military Academy appointee from Frontier High School; Isaac Bowers, U.S. Air Force Academy appointee from Garces Memorial High School and Nathan Jones, U.S. Military Academy appointee from Centennial High School.

Due to unprecedented circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year Congressman McCarthy will be hosting a virtual Service Academy Forum for students of the 23rd Congressional District who are interested in attending one of the U.S. Service Academies. Below you will find a series of videos detailing different aspects of Service Academy life, as well as hear directly from Academy Liaison Officers who represent the U.S. Air Force, Merchant Marines, Coast Guard, and Military and Naval Academies.

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 (If using the Firefox broswer, you may need to download the document in order to edit the required fields). Please note that the deadline to submit applications is October 20th.

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


intro vid
Welcome Video from Congressman Kevin McCarthy

Congressman Kevin McCarthy interviews staffer and Service Academy graduate, Michele Exner.

Navy Introduction Video


Merchant Marines Introduction Video


Air Force Introduction Video


Army Introduction Video


More information on how to apply from the Office of Congressman McCarthy.


  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.