Military Academy Nominations


The honor of attending a service academy comes with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. For more information, please review the page of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination.

Members of Congress may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies: U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, NY. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.

Congressman Peterson may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot allotted to our district. To request a Military Academy Nomination from our office, please complete the form below. Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country.

All of the following required items must be sent to my District Office in Marshall Minnesota postmarked by October 31, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered for nomination.

Applications must be mailed, not faxed. For delivery verification, you may wish to request a return receipt from the post office. Mail to the following address:

Office of Congressman Collin Peterson 

1420 East College Drive SW/WC

Marshall, MN 56258


____ APPLICATION FORM – Completed and signed by applicant. Must be typed or legibly written

____ OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT – This must include classes currently in progress, GPA through junior year, and class rank. If you would like to provide your transcript from your senior year, you may send it as an update as long as your application is complete by October 31.

____ OFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT (if applicable) – This must include current classes and GPA.

____ CURRENT PHOTOGRAPH – A wallet size picture with your name and hometown written on the back.

____ PERSONAL ESSAY – This essay must be typed and thoroughly completed.

____ RECOMMENDATION FORMS – You are required to have three (3) recommendation letters mailed by the postmarked deadline. The recommendation letters may be completed by counselors, principals, teachers, religious leaders (i.e. priests, rabbis and ministers), coaches or community leaders. Up to two (2) additional letters of recommendation may be submitted for your application packet. Letters in excess of this number will not be reviewed. See the RECOMMENDATION FORM attached to this application for information required to be included in recommendation letters. NOTE: Recommendation letters are the chief cause of delays in completing an application process.

____ COPY OF OFFICIAL SAT/ACT SCORES – The test scores must be mailed by the postmark deadline. Carefully consider the dates that you are taking tests; if you wait until September your scores may not arrive on time. You may have your scores sent directly to my district office by entering my score report codes: SAT= 6733, ACT=7489.

____ LIST OF EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES – a list of all activities you participated in school and in the community, including athletics, music and drama, clubs and societies (offices held), scholastic awards and honors, community service/volunteer work and employment and anything other activity you consider important.

____ OTHER NOMINATION SOURCE – Remember it is in your best interest to apply for a nomination with both of your U.S Senators, U.S. Representative and the Vice President. Each office has its own application procedures; contact each office for information.