Service Academy Nominations

From the 1st Nebraska Militia in 1864 to the North Platte Canteen during World War II to hosting the U.S. Strategic Command today, Nebraska has a rich history of supporting our military. Each year Senator Pete Ricketts is proud to honor that tradition by recommending young men and women from across Nebraska to attend our United States service academies. Attending a U.S. service academy is a great honor. Ensuring talented Nebraskans of the highest moral character have the opportunity to be admitted is a responsibility Pete takes seriously. Please find more information and instructions on how to complete the nomination application below.

Due to the competitive nature of this process, our office encourages those interested to consider applying with other members of the Nebraska delegation. Senator Deb Fischer’s website can be accessed here, and you can find your U.S. House of Representatives member by looking up your zip code at House.gov.

For any questions about this process, please contact Pete’s office at Academy_Nominations@Ricketts.Senate.gov.

Our team stands ready to help you in the nomination selection process, and Pete is grateful for your consideration of military service. 

Candidates interested in receiving a Service Academy Nomination should take the following steps to submit a complete application prior to Monday, October 2, 2023.

  1. Set up an account to complete an application here.
  2. Complete the questionnaire portion of the application.
  3. Submit reference materials including ACT/SAT scores, high school transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and proof of application to your selected service academy/academies.

Upon review of your completed application materials, you may be invited to participate in an in-person interview that will take place this fall. Following the interviews, candidates will be made aware of final nomination decisions no later than January 31, 2024.

Should you be interested in additional information on the eligibility requirements of each service academy, please visit the admission pages for each institution:

United States Air Force Academy
United States Coast Guard Academy (Please note: the U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a nomination for admission.)
United States Naval Academy
United States Military Academy at West Point
United States Merchant Marine Academy