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Academy Nominations

Academy Nomination Applications are being accepted from May 1 to October 31, 2024.

Thank you for visiting my website regarding Service Academy Nomination Applications.

As your United States Senator, I have the privilege of nominating a limited number of people to four of the five service academies each year. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.

I encourage you to also apply for a nomination from your other nominating sources: Senator Thom Tillis and your home district’s U.S. Representative, ROTC, active duty unit commanders and others. For a complete list of nominating sources, please check with any academies to which you are applying.

In order to submit your application materials, you will need to create an account and provide information via the following direct link:

2024 Service Academy Application

Once you have submitted all of your application materials, the Service Academy Coordinator may contact you to schedule an interview with my Service Academy Board, which is composed of military dignitaries and community leaders. The interviews will take place after the October 31st application deadline. This process is highly competitive. Due the volume of applications my office receives, not all applicants will qualify for an interview.

My office’s application window will be open until October 31, 2024. Incomplete applications cannot be considered, and no late applications will be accepted or reviewed.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below for answers to common questions, but do not hesitate to contact my Advance office at 336-941-4470 with any additional concerns.

Thank you for your willingness to serve our country.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many academies are there?

There are five service academies.

    Are the requirements the same for all of the service academies?

    While similar, each academy determines its own admissions guidelines.


    Do I also need to contact the Academy?

    Each applicant must have a pending application at their chosen academy before they can be considered for a nomination. Please contact your desired academy directly 


    What are the basic eligibility requirements to receive a nomination from U.S. Senator Ted Budd?

    Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1st in the year of admission to an academy:

    • Age: Be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday
    • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen
    • Residence: Must reside within the boundaries of North Carolina
    • Marital Status: Must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents
    • Skill/Fitness: Must meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy


    What is the deadline for completing a nomination file?

    All completed applications/questionnaires and checklist items MUST be RECEIVED by 5 p.m. on October 31st. Late submissions will not be accepted – no exceptions. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


    How will I know if I am selected for an interview?

    Interview decisions notifications will be made in late November.


    How will I know if I am selected for a nomination?

    Nomination decisions will be notified in January.


    Will I automatically be selected by the academy if I receive a nomination?

    No. You will be placed among a select group of nominees, and the academy of your choice will make the final decision. If selected, you will receive an offer of admission (an appointment) directly from the academy.


    If there are questions regarding the application process, should the applicant or the parent/guardian contact Senator Budd’s office?

    It is very important that the nomination applicant, not their parent or guardian, complete the application and contact my office if there are any questions regarding the process.


    If you need additional assistance?

    Please direct any questions concerning the application process to or call 336-941-4470.