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August 2, 2019
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Representative Conor Lamb (PA-17) is now accepting applications from qualified students in Pennsylvania’s 17th District who seek a nomination to one of the United States Service Academies.  Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2019.

The honor of attending a military service academy comes with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.  Members of Congress may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies: U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, NY.  The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.

A Member of Congress may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot allotted to their Congressional District.  To begin the nomination process, applicants should first apply directly to the service academy they wish to attend, and then complete Congressman Lamb’s Military Academy Nomination request form.

Applicants are encouraged to consider applying to multiple military academies. In addition, applicants are also encouraged to apply for all of the nominations for which they may be eligible including, but not limited to, U.S. Senators for Pennsylvania Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, as well as the Vice President of the United States.

To be considered for a nomination, applicants must submit a completed application on Congressman Lamb’s website ( by 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2019.  A completed application includes the online questionnaire along with the following materials formatted as one document (acceptable document formats listed on application):

  • One-page personal statement (500 words or less);
  • A recent photo;
  • A resume that outlines work experience and extracurricular activities;
  • Up to 3 letters of recommendation; *
  • An official transcript for all high schools, junior colleges, and colleges attended (Note: all high school transcripts must include final junior year grades); *
  • Official SAT I or ACT scores. *

*Only the following materials can be directly submitted to Congressman Lamb’s Allegheny County District Office at 504 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228 if not available to the student:

  • Official transcripts submitted by schools;
  • Sealed letters of recommendation submitted by recommender;
  • and official test scores that are not on current academic transcripts and coming from testing institutions.

If official test scores will be available after the October 31, 2019 deadline, please contact the office directly at (412) 344-5583 to notify staff.

All application materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 31, 2019.  Applications received after the deadline, and incomplete applications, will not be considered.  Qualified applicants selected for an interview will be notified in November with details on location, date and time.

For more information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page at or if you have a specific questions, please contact the District Office at (412) 344-5583.