Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee
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Military Academy Nominations

Students & Parents: Learn about opportunities with U.S. Service Academies.

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.

Are you interested in learning about the great educational opportunities at America's service academies?

Academy Day Event: Join us every fall for the annual Academy Day workshop. Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. State Department, and National Guard and ROTC programs will be on hand to answer questions from prospective students and their families about educational opportunities available at one of the service academies, or through other service-related programs.
The 2018 Academy Day program will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018. 

What do I need to submit to apply? (Download a checklist here!)

  • Application (with photo)
  • Essay (500 words)
  • List of Activities
  • High School Recommendation Form (High School Form 2018)
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
  • ACT/SAT scores
  • School Transcripts

How do I submit an application? All material must be sent via fax (615) 736-7479 or e-mail by October 26, 2018. For more information, please review my page of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a nomination.

Questions? Contact Kathy Buggs ( or (615) 736-5295.

Use the webform below to generate an application.

Your Information
U.S. Citizen:

What are these options?
This is to help the constituents that are hard of hearing or use a video phone alert us to that fact so we can use the proper technology when we need to call them. The default option “Voice” is a normal audible telephone.

Education Information
Test Scores

SAT Scores

ACT Scores

Academy Information

Number your preference (1 to 4) of academies — with 1 being your highest preference


An appointment to the Service Academies is based on a desire by the candidate to devote a lifetime of military service and implies recognition by the appointee of an obligation to the government to devote him / herself to a military career. Are you interested in an appointment on that basis?

Additional Information

Is it okay to use your name in a press release after receiving a nomination or appointment?


Please include a list of your extra curricular activities and leadership responsibilities.

Print This Form

You can print and sign this form after you click the Generate Form button. The address information is located on this page and also on the print preview page. Applications and three letters of recommendation must be submitted via fax (615) 736-7479 or e-mail by October 26, 2018. Please contact Kathy Buggs at (615) 736-5295 if you have any questions.