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Service Academy Nominations

Thank you for your interest in the U.S. Service Academies. As your Representative in the U.S. House, each year I have the privilege of nominating a limited number of people to four of the five service academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending a U.S. Service Academy and serving our country.

For assistance with academy nominations, please contact Barbara Taylor in my Lima District Office.

General Requirements:  Applicants must be at least 17 years of age, but not have passed their 23rd birthday on July 1 of the year of admission to an Academy; must be unmarried, not pregnant and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents; must be a citizen of the United States; must be men and women of excellent moral character who are trustworthy; emotionally stable and motivated.


Residency Requirements:  Applicants must be residents of the 4th Congressional District which currently encompasses Sandusky, Seneca, Crawford, Union, Logan, Champaign, Auglaize, Allen, along with areas of Erie, Huron, Lorain, Marion and Mercer counties. NOTE TO MILITARY DEPENDENTS: If you are a military dependent, you are required by law to apply for a nomination in your legal domicile.


To Receive an Application: from Congressman Jordan, you must first submit a letter or an e-mail addressed to his Lima District Office to the ATTENTION:  Barbara Taylor, 3121 West Elm Plaza, Lima, OH 45805 or e-mail  Your letter/e-mail should include your full name, address, telephone number (your cell phone MUST be set up to receive voice mails), date of birth, Social Security number, e-mail address, high school, date of graduation and parents’ names.  Once we receive your letter/e-mail, we will mail you an application packet.  We will not send out an application packet at a students’ telephone request nor will we send a packet at a family member’s request or a counselor’s request.

We encourage you to apply for a nomination to more than one military academy.   Congressman Jordan can give more than one nomination to an applicant.  You MUST have an open file and keep it current at each academy you are seeking a nomination.

You are also encouraged to apply to Senator Brown and Senator Portman as well as Vice President Harris.  You WILL have to maintain current and complete files at each office to which you apply.  There is no sharing of information between the offices.


The 4th Congressional deadline to receive all required information for completed application packets in Congressman Jordan’s Lima office is 4:00 p.m. October 7, 2021.  If your file is not complete by the deadline, you will not be eligible to be considered for an interview by the 4th Congressional District Review Board.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to make certain that all required documents are received in a timely manner.  It is strongly recommended you send all information early. We also encourage you to “keep control” of your application. In other words, it is your responsibility all information is with your application.  Do not assume someone will send information for you.


Your Completed Application Should Include:


·        Test Scores (To be considered you must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and/or the American College Testing (ACT).  Do not delay in taking the SAT and/or ACT.  Your application packet with test scores must be complete by the October 7, 2021 deadline.  We will update a file as the student makes test results available to our office.


·        High School Records – a legible certified copy of your high school transcript must be included with your application.


·        Photograph – one wallet size photograph of yourself – be sure and print your name on the back of the photo.


·        Letters of Recommendation- Three letters of recommendation are required.  These letters must be signed by the author.


·        Personal Essay – you are required to submit a personal essay (maximum one page) on your motivation and why you believe you are qualified to be nominated to attend a military academy.  You must sign your essay.


The Interview: Congressman Jordan’s Academy Review Board will interview qualified applicants, who have a submitted a completed application packet, at the OSU Marion Branch, Marion, OH, on Saturday, November 6, 2021. The Board is comprised of graduates of a military academy or retired military.  Eligible applicants will be notified of the time of their interview in advance.


The Nomination:  We use the Competitive method, which is the method favored by 80% of Members of Congress.  Under this method, Congressman Jordan can submit an unranked slate of up to ten nominees for each vacancy.  Each year we have at least one vacancy at each academy.  The academies have their own selection board that ranks our ten nominees in order of merit in accordance with the specific academy system.  The most highly qualified is selected for an offer of appointment to fill that one vacancy.  The other nine nominees then go into a national “pool” where they compete with other applicants for available slots.

Important Dates to Remember

March 2021 to October 1, 2021:                 
Congressman Jordan will accept letters/e-mails of interest from applicants and will then send out application packets.

October 7, 2021:
Deadline for returning completed application packet to the District Office – 3121 West Elm Plaza, Lima, OH 45805.

November 6, 2021:
Applicants with completed files in our office by the October 7, 2021 deadline will be interviewed by the 4th Congressional District Academy Review Board. Qualified applicants will be notified of the time.

December 2021:
Congressman Jordan will publicly announce the 4th Congressional District Nominees.

December 2021 to May 2022:
Appointments announced by Academies.




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Contact Barbara  Taylor—Service  Academy Coordinator
PH: 937-207-0723  E-MAIL: