Representative G. K. Butterfield

Representing the 1st District of North Carolina


Military Academy Nominations

There are five (5) service academies that offer appointments to highly qualified individuals who meet eligibility requirements and are the most competitive in academic performance, physical fitness, medical standards, extracurricular involvement, leadership traits, and aptitude for military service. Click on the military service seals below to visit the web sites for each academy to determine their minimum entrance requirements.

All service academies, other than the United States Coast Guard Academy, require a nomination from a qualified nominating source. As your Congressional Representative, I accept nomination applications from residents of the First Congressional District of North Carolina who are interested in attending one of the nation's military academies. Nominations can be made to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. 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.

U.S. Air Force Academy SealU.S. Coast Guard Academy SealU.S. Merchant Marine Academy SealU.S. Military Academy SealU.S. Naval Academy Seal

The application deadline is November 15, 2018.

Step 1: Confirm Your Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for a Congressional nomination:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Applicant must be a resident of North Carolina's First Congressional District.
  • Must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed your 23rd birthday by July 1, 2018.
  • Applicant must be unmarried.
  • Cannot be pregnant, or have any legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

*The U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a nomination

Step 2: Complete the Service Academy Nomination Application

An application is considered "Complete" in Congressman Butterfield's office when it contains the following items:

  1. Completed application. Click the link to begin the application, print and sign the completed form. 
  2. Three (3) sealed letters of recommendation.  Please obtain recommendations from three people, such as a teacher, coach, employer, clergy, neighbor, or non-family member who can accurately comment on the applicant's character, abilities, and potential. All three letters must be in a sealed envelope and submitted by the November 15th deadline.
  3. Official academic transcript. Please provide a copy of your official academic transcript(s) (high school and/or college). All transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the high school or college.
  4. SAT and/or ACT scores. Please submit all scores. Applicants may choose to notify the SAT/ACT testing centers to send the scores directly to Congressman Butterfield's Durham office. Applicants may also request that their school's guidance counselor submit these scores with the candidate's official transcript in a sealed envelope.
  5. Personal Statement. Please submit a brief statement illustrating your reasons for wanting to attend the academy of your choice. Please keep the statement within two pages in length and include your name at the top of the page.
  6. Mail all materials. Please mail all materials to Congressman Butterfield's district office in Durham, North Carolina at:

Congressman G. K. Butterfield
ATTN: Military Academy Application
2741 Campus Walk Avenue, Bldg. 400, Suite 300
Durham, NC 27705


Additional Information

After completing and mailing your application, you may contact Congressman Butterfield's district office in Durham, North Carolina to make sure the materials have arrived.

Durham office phone number: (919) 908-0164

Due to the competitive nature of the nomination process, you should seek as many nominations as possible.

Be sure to contact Senator Thom Tillis, Senator Richard Burr, and Vice President Mike Pence for additional nominations.

Service Academy Day - October 20, 2018

Students, parents, guidance counselors, and other school officials are invited to attend Service Academy Day & JROTC Drill Showcase to learn more about each academy and our office's nomination process.  Students will have an opportunity to meet representatives and cadets from the service academies, as well as ROTC programs at the local colleages and universities.

Rep Butterfield Service Academy Day
To RSVP to attend Congressman Butterfield's Service Academy Day & JROTC Drill Showcase on October 20, click HERE or on the image above.

Questions? Please contact our Durham Office at 919-908-0164.