Merkley Announces Start of Service Academy Nomination Process for Class Of 2029

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley launched the process of nominating young Oregonians to the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the United States Naval Academy, for an appointment to the Class of 2029.

“It is an honor to be a part of an annual process to support young Oregonians from every part of the state who are dedicated to serving our country and protecting our freedoms,” said Merkley. “I look forward to nominating some of our finest future leaders from Oregon for possible admission to one of the United States service academies.”

Candidates for a congressional nomination must be a resident of Oregon and a U.S. citizen; at least 17 years old and not past their 23rd birthday by July 1 of the year of admission; unmarried with no children or dependents; and able to meet high leadership, academic, physical and medical standards. For the Merchant Marine Academy, the upper age limit is 25. The Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination. Individuals who are interested in applying to the Coast Guard Academy should use their online process at

Individuals who wish to compete for nomination and admission to one of the United States service academies should first apply directly to the service academies they are interested in attending. Then, they should apply for a nomination from Senator Merkley by setting up an online account at the link below. All required application items must be submitted online or to the office by 8:59 p.m. PT, November 1, 2024.

For more information, and to access the online application, Oregonians can visit Merkley’s website at