Blunt opens application process for residents interested in attending service academies


U.S. Senator Roy Blunt announced Monday that he is accepting applications from residents interested in attending service academies. Nominations to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy are available for qualified applicants in Missouri.

“Service academies play a critical role in educating and inspiring the next generation of servicemen and women,” Blunt said. “These institutions develop leadership skills, fortify character, and offer unique opportunities for exceptional young Missourians who decide to pursue a career in our nation’s military.”

Applicants must be 17 to 23 years old, U. S. citizens and legal residents of Missouri. A committee of Missouri residents will review applicants’ files and present their recommendations to Blunt for a formal nomination in January.

Nominees will be evaluated using the “equal and competitive” method for selection and on the basis of personal merit, including: evidence of character, leadership, scholarship and motivation.

Interested applicants can apply via a secure website, which will allow them to continually check the status of their application.

The link to the application can be found on the Academy Application Process page of All application materials must be received on or before Oct. 1, 2021.

The academy nomination process requires that students first open an application directly with the academies of their choice and then begin the nomination process with their congressional offices. For more information, please contact Blunt’s office at