Military Academy Nominations

Every year, Congressman Malinowski will be able to nominate qualified candidates to the United States Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Military Academy at West Point, and the Naval Academy.


If you would like to apply for a Congressional nomination, please complete this application packet below and submit a physical copy to our Somerville, NJ office. To apply for a Congressional Nomination from our office, you must be a legal resident of New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District. The deadline for submitting the required information will be Friday, October 16, 2020.

**Due to the ongoing public health crisis and in coordination with the New Jersey delegation, Representative Malinowski has decided NOT to require the submission of ACT and SAT scores for consideration for a nomination.**

Click Here to Access the 2020 Service Academy Application Packet.

Application Process

Once you have submitted an application, Congressman Malinowski’s Review Board will conduct a personal interview with each applicant meeting all requirements. Selections are made competitively on the basis of academic performance, leadership potential, extra-curricular activities, physical aptitude, personal interviews and letters of recommendation. Qualified individuals for each vacancy will be recommended by the board to Congressman Malinowski for nomination. The final ranking and subsequent appointments will be at the discretion of the Academies.

Due to the large number of applicants, you will be interviewed for only one Academy, so careful consideration should be given to your choice of Academy. Academy designation may be changed any time prior to Friday, October 16, 2020.

The Congressional Nomination process is very competitive, and we would like to urge you to apply to every nominating authority available to you, which includes both U.S. Senators, your Congressional Representative, and the Vice President. Should your eligibility allow, you may also apply to the President. Ideally, students seeking a nomination should begin the Congressional Academy process in April of their junior year of high school.

Remember, the admissions process runs on a separate but parallel track to the nomination process. You must also apply for admission to the institution(s) of your choice. Below please find links to the admissions portals for the academies which require a nomination. These links have information on the application process, instructional videos, and FAQs, and are an excellent resource.

Air Force Academy:

Merchant Marine Academy:

Naval Academy:

West Point:

The US Coast Guard Academy does not require a nomination to enroll, nonetheless it represents an excellent opportunity for the young men and women of the 7th district to serve. Information about applying to the US Coast Guard Academy can be found at the link below.

2020 Application Drop-Off

For the safety of all participants our office will be conducting nomination interviews virtually this year. Every applicant who submits a complete application will have the opportunity to be interviewed, and our office will contact you about the interview process.

A member of our staff will be physically present to monitor a drop-off box at the District Office from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday, October 14th, and from 1pm to 5pm on Friday, October 16th. For your safety, no entry into the building will be permitted and contact with staff will be minimized. This option is provided merely for convenience, our office has already received applications through the USPS and private carriers, and will be making deadline determinations based on postmarks not date of delivery.

Due to the unique circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic a Class of 2025 Service Academy nomination applicant may submit an application after the October 16th deadline if they have a compelling reason. To make such a showing an applicant must demonstrate that their interest in attending a Service Academy developed after it was practicable to apply under the existing deadline, the interest in attending is genuine, and that their application has been or will be completed with diligence.  Such an applicant MUST contact as soon as possible.