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Congressman Matt Gaetz

Representing the 1st District of Florida

Military Academy Nominations


The honor of attending a service academy comes with the obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. For more information, please review the page of Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination.

Members of Congress may nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies: U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, NY. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.

Congressman Gaetz may nominate up to ten individuals for each vacant academy slot allotted to our district. To request a Military Academy Nomination from our office, please complete the form below. Best wishes to you as you pursue your goal of attending one of the U.S. Service Academies and serving our country.

Please send all hard-copy mailings for Academy Nominations to the District Office.

226 South Palafox Place, 6th Floor
Pensacola, FL  32502

Service Academy & ROTC Nights
Pensacola & Crestview | April 17th & 18th

Congressman Matt Gaetz is hosting Service Academy and ROTC Nights in Pensacola and Crestivew.

Service Academy Nights provide constituents with information regarding admission processes, Congressional Office nomination process and a chance to meet and ask questions of service academy representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and University ROTC programs.

Service Academy Nights will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Pine Forest High School in Pensacola, FL from 6 to 8p.m. and on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Crestview High School in Crestview, FL from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Special guest speakers include: Mr. Jason Crawford of Pensacola and Retired Air Force Colonel Edward Hubbard of Fort Walton Beach.

Mr. Jason Crawford served 8 years in the U.S. Army Infantry with tours in Baghdad, Bosnia, and Korea.  He is currently the C.E.O. for Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems.

Col. Edward Hubbard is a retired U.S. Air Force pilot, and former Vietnam POW.  Col. Hubbard is now an internationally known speaker, management consultant, artist, and author.

For more information, please contact Communications Director, Kavontae Smalls or Deputy Director of Military Affairs, Nathan Nelson USAF Capt. (Ret.) at (850) 479-1183.

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