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 2018-2019 freshman class have already been submitted. Applications for the 2019-2020 freshman class will be due October 1, 2018. 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


Download Academy Application Packet