Sen. Rand Paul is accepting applications for nominations to one of the five United States Service Academies: the Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy or Coast Guard Academy.

To be considered for acceptance to a Military Service Academy, applicants must obtain a nomination from one nominating source, such as a congressional office.

The competition for congressional nominations is high, therefore, applicants are encouraged to request a nomination from other nominating sources, including Sen. Mitch McConnell and their respective U.S. Representative. 

In order to be eligible for a nomination each candidate must:

  • be at least 17 years of age, but not yet 22 years of age by July 1 of the year they are admitted to the Service Academy (the upper age limit is 25 years for Merchant Marine Academy);
  • be a U.S. Citizen at the time he or she enters the Service Academy, and a legal resident of Kentucky;
  • be unmarried, not pregnant and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents; and
  • meet the minimum requirements of the Academy to which they are applying. 

To be considered for a nomination, applicants must apply on Sen. Paul’s website and submit the required items.

A nomination through any authority does not guarantee acceptance into a Service Academy. Final acceptance into one of the Service Academies is made by the individual academy.

The application deadline is Nov. 15, 2022.