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 2018 or from those who have already graduated. To be considered for this year’s graduating class of 2023, 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 Nominations 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.

My office must receive all information no later than October 12, 2018 for those interested in entering one of the Service Academies in the summer of 2019. All correspondence and questions regarding the Academy Nominations process should be directed to Tinisha Weigelt. Please mail completed applications to:

Congressman Jim Banks
Attn: Tinisha Weigelt
1300 S. Harrison St., RM 3105
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

Click here to download the Class of 2023 Application, and here for a list of  frequently asked questions. Thank you for your interest, and I look forward to reviewing your application.

Service Academy Day

To learn more about the application process, join me for Service Academy Day at the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base. High school and middle school student, parents, and guidance counselors are all invited and will be provided with a comprehensive overview of the U.S. Service Academies and the respective admissions processes. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with officials from the service academies and representatives from my congressional office.

Attendees may enter the base via the security entrance just east of the airport beginning at 9:30 a.m. To expedite security at the gate all persons attending should RSVP to our office

*NOTE: For security purposes, we will need to provide a list of all attendees (including parents) for the gate security guards. Please RSVP with full name, driver’s license number, state of license issued (or Social Security # if no license), and date of birth.

PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT: Submission of the requested information constitutes authorization to release it to Congressman Banks, his academy advisory committee, and the academy admissions offices.

ACADEMY PREFERENCE: Be sure to fill out an application with the Admissions Office of each of the academies. It is strongly urged that you make alternate plans should you not receive a nomination/appointment.


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