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"As your senior Senator, it is my honor to select outstanding, motivated New Jersey students for nomination to our nation’s service academies. Each year, I am so proud to see the hundreds of patriotic and driven young Americans from our great state who wish to serve our country in the United States Air Force Academy, United States Merchant Marine Academy, United States Military Academy and United States Naval Academy."  – Bob Menendez


Applications may only be submitted via our online portal.


To be eligible for an academy nomination, a candidate must be:

  • A legal resident of the State of New Jersey

  • At least 17 years old but not yet 23 years old on July 1st of the year you would enter the academy, and less than 25 years old for the Merchant Marine Academy

  • A graduate of high school before July 1st of the year you would enter the academy

  • Unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation for the support of a dependent

The nation’s five service academies offer appointments to highly qualified individuals who meet eligibility requirements and are the most competitive in academic performance, physical fitness, medical standards, extracurricular involvement and community service, leadership traits, motivation and aptitude for military service.

Successful candidates for selection to a service academy must apply directly to and meet the admission requirements of the specific academy and receive a Congressional Nomination.  A Congressional Nomination is not needed for the United States Coast Guard Academy.

To learn more about how to apply to the five service academies, visit each school’s website:

U.S. Coast Guard Academy*  (does not require a congressional nomination)


Service academy applicants are eligible for nomination by both United States Senators in the state of their legal residence and the United States Representative for the District in which they reside, as well as the Vice President.

Due to the high volume of applicants and limited number of nominations permitted per member of Congress, candidates are strongly encouraged to also apply for a nomination from Senator Booker and your U.S. Representative. 

Seeking a nomination from other offices will not affect your chances of securing a nomination from Senator Menendez.

If you have any questions about the nominations process please contact Jeremy in our office by phone at (973) 645.3192 or by email at