Deadline: All application materials must be received by our Burlington office by December 1st.

One of the application requirements of all of the U.S. service academies (except for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy) is a political nomination, and the most common type of nomination is a Congressional one.

Each year, Senator Sanders receives dozens of inquiries from young Vermonters who wish to attend a military service academy. Senator Sanders considers applications from Vermont residents and children of Vermont residents. Applicants from other states will be encouraged to apply for a political nomination from their respective Congressional representatives. 

To be considered for nomination by Senator Sanders, all of your application materials must be received by our Burlington, VT office by December 1st. If December 1st falls on a weekend, materials are due the preceding Friday.

Mailing Address:

Senator Bernard Sanders
Attn: Academy Nominations
1 Church Street, 3rd Floor
Burlington, VT 05401

Steps to apply to a U.S. service academy:

1) You MUST apply directly to each service academy that you are interested in attending.  Each service academy has its own application requirements and deadlines. Therefore, you should request admissions information from each academy to which you plan to apply.

2) Submit all of the following to Senator Sanders’ Burlington office in order to complete your nomination application requirements:

  • A completed Service Academy Nomination Application Checklist. Click here for a copy of the checklist.
  • An Application for Nomination Form. Use the form provided, not an alternative format. Click here for a copy of the application.
    An essay expressing your interest in receiving a nomination to one or more of the academies, noting which academy or academies.  Additional instructions regarding the essay can be found on the Application for Nomination Form linked to above.
  • A copy of your high school transcript(s) (and college transcripts, if applicable), including your G.P.A., the size of your class, and your ranking within that class.
  • Three letters of recommendation (which must not be from relatives*):
    1. The first letter should be from a teacher, principal, or guidance counselor.
    2. The second should be from an employer, coach, or extracurricular faculty advisor.
    3. The third letter can be from any person of your choice, except not a relative.

This year we are not requiring applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. Please be advised that this does not impact the requirements of the academies themselves and you will still need to meet any testing and submission requirements set by each academy to which you are applying.Please send us the required materials at your earliest convenience, and please submit the majority of your materials at the same time, rather than sending them in piecemeal.  (Though we appreciate early submissions, nomination decisions will not be made until after the December 1st application deadline.)

It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit all required application materials, and to communicate any problems or questions to the Senator Sanders’ Burlington office. The office will not accept inquiries about the status of service academy nomination applications from parents or other family members, except in true emergency circumstances.


In order to attend a service academy, an applicant must be accepted by that academy. A political nomination is only one of the requirements for matriculation at one of our nation’s service academies.

The nomination process is very competitive. We urge you to apply for a nomination from Senator Sanders, as well as Senator Leahy and Representative Welch who can also nominate qualified applicants to the four service academies. If you are interested in attending the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy, you may also qualify for nomination through other sources, including:

  • President Donald J. Trump, who nominates children of career military personnel, deceased or disabled veterans, military or civilian personnel in missing status, and Medal of Honor recipients;
  • Vice President Michael R. Pence, who nominates five individuals individuals from across the United Sates per year; and
  • The Secretary of the Army, Navy, or Air Force, who nominates members of regular military, reserve components, and participants in the ROTC.

Contact the Burlington office at 802-862-0697 if you have any questions or if our office can be of assistance in any way during this process. You may also send an email to