Each year hundreds of Louisiana’s best and brightest young men and women contact my office about a nomination to a service academy. The five service academies include the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy, U.S Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Nominations are required for every service academy except the Coast Guard Academy. Please note that acceptance at an academy involves at least a nine-year obligation: four years at the academy and five years of military service.
Applicants are encouraged to visit the websites for each academy to determine the entrance requirements as well as the respective deadlines for applications. Every applicant must meet the requirements listed below to be eligible to receive a nomination from one of the authorized nominating sources. Nominating sources available to each applicant are their two U.S. Senators, their U.S. Representative, the vice president, and the president.
Members of Congress may have no more than five people attending each service academy at any given time. For each vacancy, 10 nominations may be submitted to the respective academy admissions office. Each academy makes offers of appointment on a competitive basis according to the eligibility of all 10 nominees.
An applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements by July 1 of the year of admission to a service academy:
• Must be a U.S. citizen.
• Must be a legal resident of Louisiana.
• Must be at least 17 years of age, but cannot have passed his or her 23rd birthday. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy allows individuals between the ages of 17 and 25 to apply.
• Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the respective academy.
• Cannot be pregnant or have a legal obligation to support children or other dependents.
To receive a nomination from Sen. Kennedy’s office, applicants must have an ACT score of at least 25 or an SAT score of at least 1200.
Sen. Kennedy’s office accepts applications every year beginning in September and ending in November. The application period for 2021-2022 will open on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 and will close at 11:59 p.m. Monday, November 1, 2021.
In order to be considered to interview for a nomination from Sen. John Kennedy, an applicant must have an open application with at least one of the four service academies prior to November 1, 2021. Applicants requesting more information or having questions about academy nominations should contact Sen. Kennedy’s Academy Nominations Coordinator by email at email@example.com.
2021-2022 Application requirements
Access to the online application opens Wednesday, September 1, 2021 and closes at 11:59 p.m. Monday, November 1, 2021. An incomplete application account will not be considered, and no exceptions will be made.
For high school seniors, college students, active-duty military members:
After the November 1, 2021 deadline, Sen. Kennedy’s office will work with the academies' admissions offices to determine the interview status of each candidate who submitted a complete file by the deadline. Submitting a complete file does not guarantee an applicant an interview.
Candidates who are scheduled for an interview must sit for an interview with Sen. Kennedy’s academy nominations board to be considered for a nomination from the senator’s office. Interviews are usually held the first week of December. Interviews are mandatory, and each candidate will be given the opportunity to select an interview time.
Approximately one week in advance, candidates will be notified of their respective interview dates and times. Applicants may not request their interviews be rescheduled. An interview will only be rescheduled for a documented family illness or emergency. Applicants should mark these dates on the calendar now to avoid any conflicts with school or extracurricular activities.
It is in an applicant’s best interest to complete the application file at his or her academy of choice as soon as possible. The academy will notify each applicant about a medical examination, which is administered by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB), and a candidate fitness test.
It is in an applicant’s best interest to request a nomination through all sources available: presidential, vice presidential, senatorial, and Congressional. Please contact the individual service academy for more information. It is strongly recommended that each candidate apply to both U.S. Senators and his or her Congressional Member in Louisiana. Each nomination source has their own individual application process, and candidates should work with each nomination source to complete their process to receive a nomination. Remember, applicants are responsible for submitting all application requirements via their online account no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021.
Receiving an offer of appointment is an extremely competitive process. Therefore, applicants may wish to consider one of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs at their colleges or universities of choice. ROTC can offer the same officer commission and military career opportunity as a service academy. In addition, ROTC offers a variety of tuition and fees scholarships. For more information, please visit the ROTC website: www.rotc.com
For more information on the service academies, applicants may check their respective websites:
Office of U.S. Senator John N. Kennedy
Attn: Hannah Livingston, Academy Nominations Coordinator
1651 Louisville Avenue, Suite 148
Monroe, LA 71201
Phone (318) 361 1489