Service Academy Nominations
Thank you for your interest in a nomination to one of our nation’s service academies!
One of the privileges of serving in the United States House of Representatives is the opportunity to nominate outstanding your men and women from Texas 31st Congressional District to be considered for appointment by our nation’s service academies. As the Ranking Member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Appropriations, co-chairman of the House Army Caucus and representative for the “great place,” Fort Hood, TX, it is my honor to assist you with your goal to serve our country in a military career. These nominations and appointments are very competitive and each year, the best and the brightest compete for this prestigious honor. Good luck to you! - Representative John Carter
Academy Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements established by law:
Legal Resident of Texas' 31st Congressional District. Military dependents are required by law to apply for a nomination in their legal domicile.
At least 17 years of age, but not yet 23 years of age by July 1 of the year of admission
Unmarried with no legal obligation to support a child or other dependents
Meet the physical, medical and academic requirement of the Academy
The Congressional nomination process is separate from the process and materials required by each US Service Academy for admission. Candidates must open an admissions file with EACH admissions office of interest. It is to your advantage to apply to more than one academy and you should request a nomination through all sources available to you: Presidential, Vice Presidential, Senatorial, Congressional, and JROTC.
- United States Air Force Academy: www.usafa.edu
- United States Military Academy: www.usma.edu
- United States Naval Academy: www.usna.edu
- United States Merchant Marine Academy: www.usmma.edu
Other Official Sources for an Academy Nomination:
All official sources will require that you meet the minimum admission standards of each individual academy. Other sources include:
Vice President Mike Pence www.whitehouse.gov/vicepresident
Texas Senator John Cornyn www.cornyn.senate.gov
Texas Senator Ted Cruz www.cruz.senate.gov
Applications for the Class of 2025 are now open!
Complete TX-31 application packets MUST be received physically on or before October 8, 2020, 5:00pm, CST in the Temple district office. All required documents must be included in one packet. Send or deliver to: Congressman John R. Carter, 6544 B South General Bruce Drive, Temple, TX 76502. Late or incomplete applications will NOT be considered for nomination. This date is not a postmark date. There are no exceptions.
Complete applications MUST include:
- Two clear, recent, color wallet-size photos. Please write your name on back of each photo and do not staple or tape the photos to your application.
- Resume (three-page maximum. Do not print double sided and do not staple).
- Personal essay (one page only). Why do you desire a nomination to the Service Academy?
- Four personal recommendations. Please ask each person to sign and date their recommendation. At least one recommendation must be from a current teacher/professor. Ask early so you can include the recommendations in your packet and submit by deadline.
- Official copy of high school transcript to include courses currently in progress, and final junior grades. If your school only provides sealed transcripts, those may be mailed/emailed to our office. Ask early so documents arrive in our office by deadline.
- Official copy of college transcript (if applicable)
- Official letter from your Prep School professor/advisor confirming your academic record (if applicable)
- Official copy of SAT and/or ACT scores. The testing agency will forward your scores directly to Congressman Carter at 6544 B South General Bruce Drive, Temple, TX 76502. Please use Code 4139 for SAT and 7712 for ACT. If you test late in the fall of your application year and your scores cannot be included in your packet, you MUST include a copy of the receipt from your testing agency in your packet to confirm the tests were taken. This receipt will allow your packet to be considered “complete” at the October deadline. The late scores, however must arrive in the Bell County office as soon after packet deadline as is possible and before TX 31 Interview Day on Saturday November 7, 2020.
Academy Interview Day
Congressman Carter’s Academy Advisory Board will conduct personal, fifteen-minute interviews on Saturday, November 7, 2020 with all qualified candidates who have submitted a complete packet by deadline. The Board consists of former and current military and graduates from the academies. They thoroughly review each candidate’s packet and make recommendations to the Congressman. Interview waivers are granted to those candidates who have a military obligation or whose parents are stationed out-of-state or on overseas assignment. Those candidate’s will be provided with a conference call interview. In mid-December, Congressman Carter will personally notify each candidate who has been awarded a nomination. TX-31 nominations will be submitted to each academy before Christmas Break.
Central Texas US Service Academy Forum
Congressman Carter will host the 6th annual Academy Forum on Saturday, September 19th, 2020. This event is FREE. Students, parents, and educators will be introduced to the details of the nomination and appointment process. Representatives from all five military service academies, university ROTC programs and area Congressional offices will be on site to make presentations and answer questions. The forum is a three-hour event and not a come-and-go academic fair.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00 am- 12:00 pm
Registration opens at 8:15 am
Cedar Ridge High School Fine Arts Auditorium
2801 Gattis School Road
Round Rock, Texas 78664
For more information, contact Cheryl Hassmann at 254-933-1392 or Cheryl.Hassmann@mail.house.gov.