Academy Nominations

Senator Coats is honored to have the opportunity to nominate outstanding Hoosiers to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Military Academy.


To be considered for admission to a service academy, an applicant must have a nomination, pursuant to Title 10 of the U.S. Code, through either a congressional office or activities related to military service. Applicants who meet eligibility requirements may apply for and receive nominations from both categories.

Applicants may apply for and receive nominations from both their U.S. Representative and their two U.S. Senators. Applicants may also apply to the Vice President of the United States, who can nominate applications at large.

Nominee Selections:

Nominees will be selected using the competitive nomination process. This method allows increased competition among the candidates and offers an equal chance for all qualified applications.

To assist in selecting the most qualified candidates, Senator Coats has formed an academy selection committee to review each application packet and interview the top candidates. Interviews will be conducted in mid-November and December, with notice of specific dates and times being given in advance. In the weeks immediately following the interviews, final selection will be made and the candidates will be announced.


Candidates must meet the following requirements as of July 1 of the year of admission to a military academy:

  1. Must be at least 17 years of age, but not have passed their 23rd birthday.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must be a legal resident of Indiana.
  4. Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

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