Military Academy Nominations


The honor of attending a service academy comes with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. For more information, please review the page of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination.

Members of Congress may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies: U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, NY. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.

Representative Harder may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot allotted to our district. To request a Military Academy Nomination from our office, please complete the form below. Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country.

Your Information

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Education Information

College/ Preparatory School

Test Scores

SAT Scores

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Academy Information

Number your preference (1 to 4) of academies — with 1 being your highest preference

An appointment to the Service Academies is based on a desire by the candidate to devote a lifetime of military service and implies recognition by the appointee of an obligation to the government to devote him / herself to a military career.

Application history
Additional Information


Extracurricular Activities

Please list your involvement in school and community activities in the listed categories. Include information relative to offices held, awards and honors received, and dates of participation. Please print neatly. This does not count as your professional resume.


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Please Note:

In addition to this form applicants must also provide the following documents for consideration:

  • High School Transcript
  • American College Testing Program (ACT) results and/or College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) results
  • Resume of Extra-Curricular Activities
  • An essay stating why you are interested in attending a Service Academy (500 words or less)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current photo

Please Read Before Signing:

I have read and understand the information provided with this application regarding the nominating process and I am familiar with the requirements. I certify that I am a citizen of the United States and a resident of the Tenth Congressional District of California. I affirm that I have never been convicted or arrested for violating a state or federal statute. I understand the deadline for my application is October 31st. If all the required components are not received by the District Office (4701 Sisk Road, Suite 202, Modesto, CA) by the deadline, I understand that my application will be considered incomplete and therefore not considered for a congressional nomination.