Military Academies

I have the honor and privilege to recommend some of California’s most talented and skilled individuals for selection to the four service academies that require nominations: the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy West Point.

I am accepting nomination applications for the Class of 2023 between April 1 and October 26. The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 PM PST on Friday, October 26, 2018.

Each applicant requesting a nomination must meet the basic eligibility requirements set forth by the service academies:

  • Must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed their 23rd birthday (25th birthday for the Merchant Marine Academy);
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and legal resident of California;
  • Must be unmarried;
  • Must not be pregnant and have no legal obligation to provide financial support for children or other dependents; and
  • Must be qualified to commit to a minimum of five years of active duty service upon graduation from an Academy

Prior to applying for a nomination from my office, please contact your academy or academies of choice to request a pre-candidate questionnaire. Once you have completed the questionnaire and have sent it to the academy or academies to which you are seeking admission, they will inform you of any special physical, medical, or academic requirements particular to their institution.


My office requires the following materials in order to consider your request for a nomination:

  • An official transcript from all high schools, junior colleges, or universities you have attended;
  • An official copy of your SAT and / or ACT score. Please have them submitted electronically and sent directly to my San Francisco office (c/o Sean Ansted). For SAT scores, the code is 0246 and for ACT scores, the code is 7109;
  • An essay of approximately 500 words highlighting your commitment to attend a service academy;
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals that know you well and can attest to your moral character and achievements;
  • A resume in order to highlight certain extracurricular activities;
  • Self-addressed stamped postcard (that will be immediately returned guaranteeing receipt of your packet).

There is no application form needing to be downloaded and filled out. The above mentioned items are what constitutes a complete application packet.

How to send all documents:

All documents must be sent via regular mail and must be placed in a sealed envelope. No electronic submissions will be considered. Again, the deadline to submit applications is 11:59 PM PST on Friday, October 26, 2018. Please note that this is not a postmark date. Your completed packet must be sent to my San Francisco office:

Office of U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris
C/o Military Academy Nominations
333 Bush Street
Suite 3225
San Francisco, CA  94104

In addition to submitting a packet to my office for nomination, it is also your responsibility to complete and submit the admissions application to your academy or academies of choice prior to their listed deadline in order to ensure that the institution(s) opens an admissions file for you. For general inquiries regarding this step in the process, you may contact the academies:

 Army: 1-800-822-ARMY

 Navy: 1-888-249-7707

 Air Force: 1-719-333-2520

 Merchant Marines: 1-800-732-6267

 The U.S. Coast Guard Academy no longer requires a Congressional nomination for appointment. Applications must therefore be made directly to the Academy.

Securing a nomination from my office does not guarantee an appointment (i.e. offer of admission). It is at the ultimate discretion of each respective Academy to make the final, culminating decision. You are therefore encouraged to apply for as many nominations as you may be eligible. As a matter of courtesy, I do ask that you inform my office if you are seeking a nomination with another Congressional or Senatorial office.

For all inquiries directed to my office, please reach out via email at or contact the San Francisco office at (415) 981-9369.