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academy nominations

academy nominations

Senator Peters has the honor of nominating exceptional Michigan students to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and U.S. Military Academy. To compete for a spot at one of the service academies, students must be nominated by a member of the Congressional Delegation. Students should apply for a nomination during the spring of their junior year of high school.

These service academies are designed to put young men and women through extreme challenges to prepare them to serve the country, while also helping them reach their full potential. By considering applying to one of the service academies, you have started on your path to a courageous and honorable career and a high-quality education.

Our office receives numerous applications from outstanding students, and we encourage students also contact Senator Debbie Stabenow’s office, as well as the office of their House Representative.

This year, we will be accepting online application for nominations until:

October 30th at 11:59 PM. 

Click here to apply.

For questions regarding the nomination process please contact:

Senator Peters' Detroit Office

477 Michigan Avenue, Suite 1837

Detroit, MI 48226

Office: 313-226-6020

 Frequently Asked Questions

How do I confirm if all of my documents were received?

If you have any questions regarding your application documents and want to confirm if they were received, please email us at

What does the advisory panel think is the most important quality a candidate must demonstrate? What makes a candidate stand out?

Panelists are looking for a candidate that has a balance of scholarship, athleticism and leadership potential. Candidates should possess personal confidence, good presentation skills, and know why they want to attend a Service Academy.

What is the best way to prepare for an interview?
  • Know some basics about the academies, particularly whichever academy is your preference on your application.
  • Know what major you want to study at the Service Academy and why.
  • Know what job options are possible after graduation at each of the Service Academies, and what you would like to do post-graduation.
What is something the panel looks for in a candidate during the interview process that cannot be seen in an application packet?
  • Interviews are a critical stage in the selection process. Candidates should keep the following in mind during their interview with the panel:
    • Sincerity
    • Confidence
    • Personality
    • Attitude
    • Post-graduation commitment
What is one piece of advice advisory panelists could offer to students applying to the Service Academies?
  • The academies are a path to commissioning. Therefore, all serious candidates should be considering and pursuing other commissioning sources (ROTC, OCS, etc.)
  • Don’t hesitate to reapply if you don’t get an appointment on the first try.
  • Commitment and persistence are desired character traits in our officer corps.
  • Apply to the US Merchant Marine Academy - There are options upon graduation to either to go Active Duty in the Armed Forces of your choice, or be an Internationally Licensed Mariner (Mate or Engineer) in combination of be a Reservist in the Armed Forces of your choice. 
  • Apply to several Service Academies (not just one or two), when considering one’s career path.
What documents are required for the application?
  • A Current Photo
  • High School Transcript
  • Copy of ACT and/or SAT Scores
  • Biographical Essay
  • Extracurricular/Student Resume
  • 2 Academic Letters of Recommendation (School Teacher, Counselor or Administrator)
  • 1 Optional non-academic letter of recommendation
What is the timeline for nominations?

October 30           Deadline to submit online application is 11:59 p.m. (Eastern-Standard Time)


December 4         Senator Peters' Academy Interview Day

January                Notification of selected nominees

February - April   Notification of Appointment Offers from Academies

May 13                Deadline for students to accept their appointment

For any other questions related to service academy nominations, please contact

Academy Contact Information

United States Air Force Academy

Admissions Office HQ USAFA/RR
2304 Cadet Dr, Ste 2300
USAF Academy, CO 80840-5651
(719) 472-3070

United States Military Academy at West Point

Director of Admissions
606 Thayer Road
West Point, NY 10996-9902
(914) 938-4041

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Admissions Office
300 Steamboat Road
Kings Point, NY 11024
(516) 726-5646

United States Naval Academy

Admissions Office
52 King James St
Annapolis,MD 21402
(410) 293-1858