Service Academy Day

On Saturday, April 13, 2024, Congressman Jim Banks is hosting a Service Academy Day at the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base, where a comprehensive overview of the U.S. Service Academies and the respective admissions processes will be provided. Students will have the opportunity to meet with officials from the service academies and the Third Congressional District Service Academy Advisory Board.

Students of all ages and grades, parents, teachers, and guidance counselors are encouraged to join us to learn about the process and the requirements necessary to apply for nominations to the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Doors open at noon, and the event will begin at 1:00 p.m. All persons attending must RSVP to our office by Wednesday, April 3, 2024. To RSVP, please email and provide the driver’s license number, state of issuance, date of birth, and the first, middle, and last name for anyone planning to attend.  

Nomination Procedures

I am pleased to receive applications from students in Indiana’s Third Congressional District for nominations to one of the four U.S. Service Academies – USAFA, USMMA, USMA and USNA. I have established a fair and objective procedure which will allow me to produce the best-qualified candidates for the academies.

To be considered for a nomination, applicants must be legal residents of the Third Congressional District of Indiana. I will accept applications from candidates who will graduate from high school in 2025 or from those who have already graduated. To be considered for the graduating class of 2029, applicants must meet the following basic requirements:

  • Be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents
  • Must be a United States citizen and a legal resident of the Third Congressional District
  • Must be at least 17 years old but not yet 23 years old (as of July 1st the year of admission)

Admission to a service academy is a two-tiered process. First, the applicant must directly apply to the academy and meet the set minimum standards. These standards include, but are not limited to: medical, physical, and academic qualifications. The second tier in pursuing admissions is the nomination process. It is the responsibility of each applicant to initiate a pre-candidate file at each academy to which they are seeking a nomination.

An individual must meet the admissions requirements for the academy as well as receive a congressional nomination in order to be offered an appointment. Please keep in mind, those who may receive a nomination are not guaranteed to be offered an appointment by the academy.

Class of 2029 Applications

My office must receive all information no later than Friday, October 4, 2024, at 5:00 pm for those interested in entering one of the service academies for the class of 2029. In addition to the application, the following materials are needed to complete your candidate packet and will be used in the selection process. 

1.       Photo – (email digitally attached to the application)

  • A tasteful and recent photo of yourself.

2.       Essay

  • Please include or attach an essay (300 words max) on why you wish to attend a service academy and thereafter, be commissioned as an officer.

3.       Official Academic Transcripts

  • The applicant should submit a certified high school transcript and/or most recent college/preparatory school transcript, which includes class rank, GPA, and Fall 2023 course load.
  • The transcript must be: emailed directly from your school, mailed in a sealed school envelope, or include a raised school seal with an authorizing signature.

4.       Official Copy of SAT/ACT Scores

  • The applicant should request that results be sent to my office. You do not need to send the scores separately if they are included on your certified high school transcript.
  • The SAT code is 1082 and the ACT code is 7399
  • Applicants are required to have taken the SAT or ACT at least once, prior to the deadline

5.       Three Letters of Recommendation

  • Those persons used as references should not be relatives of the applicant
  • One letter is required from a high school administrator or teacher
  • Letters should be emailed to from the person writing the letter.

6.       Resume

  • A resume of extracurricular activities (high school and/or college & any leadership positions held), athletic activities, community activities, employment history and notable accomplishments. Please be comprehensive in what you provide. The more details included in your resume, the better.

Fall of 2024

Interviews with my U.S. Service Academy Advisory Board will be held for qualified candidates with completed files. My office will notify each applicant with specific information regarding interviews once the application deadline has passed. Students who receive an interview will need to provide an official copy of their semester grades up to date. 

Mid-December 2024 to early January 2025

Notifications will be made to nominees by my office.

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