Academy Nominations

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 2023-2024 freshman class (Class of 2027) have already been submitted. Applications for the 2024-2025 freshman class (Class of 2028) will be due October 1, 2023. This spring, I am hosting two Service Academy Days to give interested students and their families an opportunity to learn more about the service academies and the application process:


Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023

Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM MT


Classroom Building Room 309

SD School of Mines and Technology

501 East Saint Joseph Street

Rapid City, SD 57701


Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023

Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM CT


Meeting Room B

Downtown Sioux Falls Library

200 North Dakota Avenue

Sioux Falls, SD 57117

Those interested in learning more about Academy Day are encouraged to download our Academy Day packet below.

If you have any questions about the academy application process, reach out to Tyler in our Sioux Falls office at

Download Academy Day Informational Packet

Download Academy Application Packet

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