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Vermont students applying to the U.S. Military, Naval, Air Force, or Merchant Marine Academies must first receive a nomination from a Member of Congress. Each year, Senator Sanders receives dozens of inquiries from young Vermonters who wish to attend a military service academy. Senator Sanders considers applications from Vermont residents and children of Vermont residents. Applicants from other states will be encouraged to apply for a political nomination from their respective Congressional representatives. 

The nomination process is very competitive. We urge you to apply for a nomination from Senator Sanders, as well as Senator Welch and Representative Balint, who can also nominate qualified applicants to the four service academies. If you are interested in attending the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy, you may also qualify for nomination through other sources, including:

  • President Joseph R. Biden, who nominates children of career military personnel, deceased or disabled veterans, military or civilian personnel in missing status, and Medal of Honor recipients;
  • Vice President Kamala D. Harris, who nominates five individuals individuals from across the United Sates per year; and
  • The Secretary of the Army, Navy, or Air Force, who nominates members of regular military, reserve components, and participants in the ROTC.

Contact the Burlington office at 802-862-0697 if you have any questions or if our office can be of assistance in any way during this process. You may also send an email to