Military Options Available


OCS – Officer Candidate School

Army, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard & Navy all offer OCS (also called OTS – Officer Training School) as an option to becoming an officer.

-       Many programs allow college students to begin their training toward earning a commission during college.

ROTC – Reserve Officer Training Corp

ROTC is a college program offered at more than 1,700 colleges and universities across the US the prepare young adults to become officers in the Military.

Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines all have ROTC programs at various colleges.

**Both ROTC & OCS programs produce Officers at the end of the programs**


Enlisting into a branch of the military means that you don’t attend college, but rather join the military directly


Military Academy

Attending one of the nation’s military academies is a immersive military training program, while also receiving a college degree through the academy. 

Military Academies require a nomination and acceptance into their highly competitive programs.  See information below on how to obtain the nominations required.


Military Academy Nomination Process & FAQ


Begin the process by finding using your zipcode to see who your congressmen are from whom you would need a nomination.


80138 Zip -


District 4 – Ken Buck

District 6 – Jason Crow


Ken Buck - 4th District Representative (Parker)



Jason Crow – 6th District Representative (Parker/Aurora)



White House Nomination


Colorado Senators -

Click on each senator’s name above their picture and it will take you to their personal page 


Senator Michael Bennett



Senator John Hickenlooper




Military Academy Nomination FAQ


What are the basic eligibility requirements for a Military Academy Nomination?

Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st of the year of admission to an academy:

  • Age: Be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Marital Status: Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents
  • Residence: Residence: In order to receive a nomination from Congressman Walberg, applicant must have a legal residence within the boundaries of the 7th Congressional District of Michigan
  • Skill / Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy


What is a nomination?

Members of Congress may nominate applicants who meet the eligibility requirements established by law. A candidate may seek a nomination from the following:

  • A member of the U.S. House of Representatives who represents the congressional district in which the candidate resides
  • Both U.S. Senators from his or her state
  • The Vice-President of the United States

It is in your best interest to request a nomination from any source for which you are eligible.

If you are currently serving in the military, or are the son or daughter of a career military member or service-connected disabled veteran you may also seek a “service-connected” slot through your chain of command or directly from the Academy. Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) members may also seek nominations through their chain of command. Additional information regarding these nomination types is available directly from the Academies.


What is the difference between a nomination and an appointment?

A nomination is the authority from a nominating source (see above) for a candidate to be considered for entrance by an academy. An appointment is the actual slot for admission from the candidate’s preferred academy.


When do I apply for a nomination?

Many nomination application periods open as early as April 10 of each year for those candidates who are high school juniors and will be seniors the following school year, or who have already graduated.


What is the deadline for completing a nomination file?

The deadline for submitting a nomination packet to each District Office for the class of 2022 varies, so check the government official’s website for the exact deadline.


What must be included in my nomination file?

A typical completed nomination file consists of the following items:

  • Completed and Signed Application
  • Materials from all high schools or colleges attended – transcript(s) and standardized test scores
  • Resume
  • Essay responding to prompt on application
  • Three recommendation letters from individuals who know you personally

Details for each of the above are included on the application instructions for each congressman.  Please note that each congressman may have different procedures.


What happens after I have completed my nomination file?

Applicants who submit a completed nomination file will be scheduled for an interview. After the interviews (typically within 2-3 weeks), candidates will be notified by a phone call and in writing of the result of their application.


What criteria are used in selecting candidates?

Nominations are based on a "whole person" evaluation. Factors such as academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, physical aptitude, character, motivation, and the results of interviews are taken into consideration and compared with other applicants.


Does my Congressman/Senator automatically nominate everyone who applies?

No. Applicants will be evaluated and only offered a nomination if their application is competitive.


Can I be nominated by my Congressman/Senator to multiple academies?

Yes. You can be nominated to multiple academies depending on how well you have competed among this year's pool of candidates. It is also possible to win multiple appointments directly from the Academies. Be sure to rank on your application the academies which you would like to attend if nominated.


How many academies are there?

There are five service academies.

Three reside within the Department of Defense:


One resides within the Department of Transportation:

One resides within the Department of Homeland Security:

Are the requirements the same for all of the service academies?

No. Although many of the qualifications are similar, each academy operates under its own admissions guidelines. Visit the academy of your choice via their websites for each academy's admissions qualifications. It is not necessary to seek a nomination to the Coast Guard Academy, as the U.S.C.G.A. accepts candidates based on their own testing criteria.


Who should I ask to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf?

Some of the people applicants typically seek recommendations from include:

  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Employers
  • Coaches
  • Clergy
  • Scout Leaders


Will I automatically be selected by the academy after I receive a nomination?

No. You will be placed among a select group of nominees, and the academy will make the final decision. If selected, you will receive an offer of admission (an appointment) directly from the academy.


When will I know if I have been offered an appointment by an academy?

Academies will begin to notify candidates of their admission status in February. All offers of appointment are generally sent out by May. Several academies offer rolling appointments, and you may know as early as October or as late as May if you are receiving an appointment.


Can you explain the number of appointments and slots available each year?

Each member of Congress is given 5 slots for each of three academies (West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy). For each slot that is open, Congressmen may nominate up to ten candidates. For example, if Congressman had four slots open and wished to fill all of them, he could nominate 40 students. The number of slots available varies each year. The Merchant Marine Academy grants 10 slots per member of Congress. Note that a congressman does not HAVE to nominate anyone.



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