Academy Nominations


Thank you for your interest in the United States Service Academies.  The application period for a 2020-2021 Nomination to a U.S. Service Academy is officially closed.  Please visit this site in the Spring when the 2021-2022 application cycle will open. 


PLEASE NOTE: I am aware that ACT/SAT test dates are delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a current high school senior in the process of making application with my office, please be assured that we are reviewing our process to determine an option to consider applicants who will not be able to take standardized tests this year before my application deadline.  Applicants should still submit all other required information before my deadline of October 30, 2020.  


Academy Nomination Process
The law pertaining to Senatorial appointments for each of the U.S. Service Academies stipulates that a Member of the United States Senate is allowed a maximum of five persons at each academy in any given year.  This quota, therefore determines the number of vacancies for each entering class.  This year it appears that I will be nominating one vacancy at the Air Force Academy, Military Academy and Naval Academy.  I will be able to nominate ten candidates for each vacancy.

Each nominating authority may nominate ten (10) candidates each year to compete for admissions to the United States Merchant Marine Academy.  State quotas are used, and in the event a given state’s quota cannot be filled from within the state, the vacancies may be filled from a national listing of alternate candidates.  Candidates compete from their state of residence first, than as national alternates for unfilled state vacancies.  Candidates can only be nominated by Congressional authorities from their state.

Admittance to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy is no longer gained by application to a Congressman or Senator.  Students must make direct application to the Academy.

To begin with, each applicant must be an American citizen of good moral character, at least 17 years old and not past his/her 23rd birthday (25th for Merchant Marines).  You must be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no children.  You must also be a legal resident in the State of Illinois.

SAT/ACT Scores
The code assigned to me by the Education Testing Service (administrators of the SAT) is #1698 and students can have their scores sent directly to me by noting this on their registration forms for the tests.  The code assigned to me by the ACT office is #7126.  

Selection Committee
As far as the selection procedure is concerned, I have appointed a Selection Committee.  The Committee personally reviews the application files of each applicant in early December.  The Committee then submits to me the names of up to ten most qualified candidates for each vacancy and I will then forward the names to the individual academies.  It is possible that more than one appointment may be made from my recommended nominees.


If you are interested in more than one academy, I request that you only list your first choice. 

Request an Application Packet
If you are interested in obtaining an application packet, I do require that you send your request to my Springfield district office.  A format sample is below.  Please be sure to include your full name, home address and date of birth. You may email your request to:

Return Completed Application
Completed service academy applications must be returned by close of business on Friday, October 30, 2020. Any student not providing the required information by that date will not be considered for a nomination.  As a matter of fairness, there can be no exceptions to the closing date. 







Honorable Richard J. Durbin
525 S. Eighth St.
Springfield, Illinois  62703
Attn:  Kaylee Gholson

Dear Senator Durbin:

I want to attend the (*) Academy and to serve in the United States (*). I request that I be considered as one of your nominees for the class that enters the Academy in June 20__.

My pertinent data is:

Name (print name exactly as it appears on the birth certificate, or if legally changed, attach a copy of the court order):

Social Security Number:

Permanent address (street, city, county, state, zip code):

Temporary address (if applicable):

Permanent phone number and area code:

Temporary phone number and area code (if applicable):

Email address: 

Name of father:

Name of mother:

Date and place of birth (spell out month):

Name and address of high school:

Date of graduation:

Thank you for considering me as one of your nominees to the (*) Academy.



*Air Force, Military, Naval, Merchant Marine