Academy Nominations

(Staff visiting South Dakota Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy)

I have the honor and privilege to recommend some of South Dakota’s most talented and skilled students to attend the U.S Service Academies: The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Nominations are not required for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. These academies allow young people to serve our country while receiving a full four-year scholarship from some of our finest institutions of higher learning. 

Recommendations for the 2019-2020 freshman class (Class of 2023) have already been submitted. Applications for the 2020-2021 freshman class (Class of 2024) will be due October 1, 2019. Throughout the year, I will be hosting Service Academy Days across the state to give interested students and their families an opportunity to learn more about the service academies and the application process.

If you have any questions about the academy application process, contact Tyler Tordsen in my Sioux Falls Office at (605) 336-0486 or by email at

1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. MT

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Room TBD

SD School of Mines & Technology

501 East Saint Joseph Street

Rapid City, SD 57701


1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. CT

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Switchgrass Meeting Room

Prairie West Branch Library

7630 West 26th Street

Sioux Falls, SD 57106



Download Academy Application Packet