If you have a strong desire to serve your country as an officer in one of the nation's military services, you should consider attending one of the five United States Service Academies. Links to each academy are located in the module just below.
Admission to a service academy requires a dual application process -- while you are submitting your paperwork for academy appointment, you must also apply for a nomination by one of Colorado's United States Senators, or by Colorado's 3rd Congressional District Representative. You can also request an appointment from the Vice President of the United States for three of the five service academies. There are other possible appointments for children of active duty military members or reservists.
To be considered for an academy nomination, you must be a United States citizen and a legal resident of the State of Colorado (or a dependent of a military member serving in a Colorado facility), between the ages of 17 and 23, and graduate high school before July 1 of the year you seek to enter the academy. You cannot be married, be pregnant, or have children. Successful candidates have a strong academic record, can demonstrate active involvement in extracurricular and community activities, will be able to obtain multiple recommendations from school and community leaders, are in excellent health and physical condition, and have a strong desire to serve their country.
You should begin the application process for any academy in spring of your junior year of high school, contacting both the service academies and your Colorado senators and representative. Watch the squadron website for information on Colorado Academy Information Day, which is usually held by representatives of each Colorado senator and congressman in April of each year. The academies recommend that you take both the ACT and SAT tests in your junior year as soon as possible.
To request an appointment from U.S. Senator Mark Udall, visit the senator's website here.
To request an appointment from U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, visit this webpage.
To request an appointment from U.S. Representative Scott Tipton, visit this webpage and print out an aplication packet. You can also view this page about frequently asked questions for persons seeking a service academy nomination.
To request an appointment from the Vice President of the United States Joseph Biden, visit this webpage (for nominations to U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Naval Academy ONLY).
You may be eligible for a special appointment if you have a mother or father who is currently in the active duty military or reserves, or if you serve in an ROTC or JROTC Honor Unit with Distinction. See each academy's criteria for further details on these types of appointments.