Academy Application Process

The deadline to complete an application for the class that enters in 2014 was November 1, 2013. Senator Blunt will begin accepting applications in May for the class that will enter in 2015.  Please check back after May 1, and you will be able to access the online application and all required forms. You may review the application process below and print out the tip sheet to the right.

Application Procedure: 

I. Evaluations

a. Request that your high school counselor or principal fill out the required evaluation form and attach a letter of recommendation.

b. Ask your high school teacher or coach to fill out the required evaluation form.

c. Ask a boss, member of the clergy, scout leader, or other personal reference to submit a letter of recommendation to Sen. Blunt’s Springfield office on your behalf.  No more than three letters of recommendation from this category will be accepted. (Letters from family members are not permitted.)

** If you are homeschooled or in college, please contact Senator Blunt’s Academy Coordinator to discuss the evaluation requirements.

II. Academic:

a. A sealed official transcript from all high schools, junior colleges, or colleges you have attended or are currently attending must be submitted.  The high school transcript must include a minimum of 3 full years of study, current GPA, and class rank. Faxes and emails are not accepted. 

b. Official scores submitted from SAT (0224) and/or ACT (7149). Scores will only be accepted directly from the testing agency or as part of your official high school transcript.  Faxed, Emailed, and Electronic scores will not be accepted. Do not wait until the October test to submit your scores, they will be received too late.

III. Application and Essays: Answer all of the online application and essay questions.  Once you have completed the application and submitted it online, you can print a copy for yourself.  Do not mail a copy to the office. 

IV. Photographs – Mail in two wallet-size, head shot photos (not on copy paper).  These will be sent with a press release to your local paper if you accept an appointment. 

V. Complete, sign, and mail in your acknowledgement form to the coordinator.

You will find all of the required forms mentioned above are available for download on the right-hand side of this page.

Application Deadline:

Senator Blunt’s deadline for the class entering in 2015 will be announced when the application period opens on May 1.  

For more information:

Please contact Senator Blunt’s academy coordinator at 2740-B East Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65804; or call (417) 877-7814 or by email at academy_nominations@blunt.senate.gov

General Information on Nomination Selection

Each member of Congress may have five cadets at each of the four service academies at any one time.  The number of vacancies available each year is then determined by the number of cadets who either graduate or leave the academies each year.  Senator Blunt’s nominees will be selected using the “Equal and Competitive” selection process, which involves the Senator submitting a maximum of ten names per vacancy to each academy.  

Due to the large number of qualified applicants, you are encouraged to apply to multiple nomination sources. You should apply to both U.S. Senators for Missouri as well as your local member of Congress. You may also apply to the Office of the Vice President of the United States who can nominate applicants from the country at large.

Eligibility

Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Age: Must be at least 17 years old, but not yet 23 years of age of July 1 of year admitted. (25th birthday for the Merchant Marine Academy).
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident of the State of Missouri.
  • Marital Status: Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

Qualifications 

Your application will be carefully reviewed and assessed based upon your academic record, ACT/SAT scores, extra-curricular activities, character, motivation, and leadership skills. Medical/Physical fitness, which is determined by the Academy, is also taken into consideration.  

Academics – Class rank, GPA, school records, and recommendations by principals, teachers, and/or counselors.  You must have a qualifying score on either the SAT/ACT.  Recent average scores were SAT Verbal 600-760, MATH 620-700, ACT English 28, Math 29. 

Leadership – Applicants should include extracurricular activities in school and in the community.  Part-time jobs and volunteer activities will also be considered.

Character/Motivation – Letters of recommendation should detail the applicant’s character and motivation toward completing goals. Applicants should complete the file in a timely manner.  Senator Blunt also requires thoughtful responses to three essay questions.

Medical/Physical Fitness – The Academies schedule medical and physical fitness examinations.  You will be notified by the Academy when and where these are scheduled. 

Contact Information

Springfield Office

2740 B East Sunshine
Springfield, MO 65804
Phone: (417) 877-7814
Fax: (417) 823-9662