What materials are needed for an academy nomination from Congressman Budd?

  1. Completed Service Academy Candidate Information Sheet
    • An essay that summarizes your reasons for wanting to attend a Service Academy. (500 word count max; 12 point font, Times New Roman, double-spaced) The essay should state what motivates him or her to consider matriculating at a service academy and, thereafter, serving as a commissioned officer in the armed forces of the United States.
  2. Official High School Transcript (sealed by your school)
  3. SAT/ACT Scores
  4. Candidate Fitness Assessment
  5.  Resume
    • To include extracurricular activities, hobbies, honors, and awards.

What are the minimum qualifications for an appointment?

  • Be at least 17 years of age, but not yet 22 by July 1st of the year he or she is admitted to the Academy. For the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the upper age limit is 25.
  • Be a citizen of the United States at the time he or she enters the academy
  • Be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation for the support of a dependent
  • Meet the minimum requirements of the academy to which he or she is applying. Candidates who do not meet the school’s minimum requirements will not receive an interview for that academy.

A competitive applicant typically has the following qualifications:

  • Minimum SAT scores of 500 verbal and 550 Math
  • A grade point average of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale
  • Ranking in the upper 20% of his or her class
  • Notable participation and performance in extracurricular activities
  • Excellent health and physical abilities


What other factors are considered?

An important factor in the selection of nominees is motivation. Your prompt and appropriate response to the information requested will be taken into consideration when our selections are made. 

Other factors include: athletic and non-athletic extracurricular activities, employment, military history, leadership ability, involvement in community activities, and letters of recommendation. While these factors by themselves do not carry enough weight to qualify you for an appointment from the academy, they make a difference in distinguishing your application from the rest.

In addition to seeking a nomination from Congressman Budd, every applicant is eligible to apply for a nomination from their two U.S. Senators and the Vice President of The United States. It is highly encouraged that all applicants apply with those sources as well. You will be asked whether you have applied with all possible nominating sources and if you have not, you will be asked to explain why. Certain applicants may also be eligible for other types of nominations. Inquire with each academy about your eligibility.

How are the nominees chosen?

All qualified applicants who submit completed packets by the deadline (packet to be received by 5:00pm on October 31, 2022) will be scheduled for an interview with Congressman Budd’s Service Academy Selection Committee. All interviews will be conducted on a Saturday in November or December. You will be notified of your interview date and time after your packet is received and reviewed in our office following the November deadline. If you do not live locally, you will be scheduled for a remote interview via Skype, FaceTime, or phone. The Selection Committee is comprised of distinguished members of the Thirteenth District. The nominations will be based in part on the evaluations of these committee members.

When will I know if I’ve been nominated or appointed?

  • All applicants will be notified of their nomination status after the interviews and before January 31.

  • The academy(s) will notify you of their appointment decision between January and June.

Who should I contact in Congressman Budd’s office for more information?

  • If you have any questions concerning the application process, please call Mr. Richard Moxley at (336) 998-1313.

Please do not contact or send your materials to the Graham, NC, Asheboro, NC, or Washington, DC offices as this may delay your application process.

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