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Larsen to Host Service Academy Information Nights for Interested Students

EVERETT and BELLINGHAM, WA – Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) announced his office will host two in-person information sessions for Northwest Washington students interested in attending one of the five U.S. service academies. Larsen will announce plans to host a virtual information session soon.

What to Expect

During each session, representatives from Larsen’s office will provide an overview of the nomination process and the resources available to students interested in pursuing a nomination. Personnel from the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will be in attendance to meet interested students and parents and answer questions about their respective institutions.

Nomination Process

Each year, Larsen nominates a limited number of people who meet the eligibility requirements established by law to four of the five service academies; it is not necessary to seek a nomination to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, as the USCGA accepts candidates based on its own testing criteria. 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.

The nomination application process begins May 15 for candidates who are high school juniors and will be seniors the following school year, current seniors or students who have already graduated high school. The deadline for submission of materials to Larsen’s office is Friday. November 3, 2023; instructions to submit an application can be accessed at

Additional Information

For more information on the service academy nomination process and eligibility requirements, email Chris Dingle at or visit

For a printable information night flyer, click here.

Information Session #1

Wednesday, May 24 

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. PDT 

Port of Everett 

Blue Heron Room, Side B 

1205 Craftsman Way, #200 

Everett, WA  


Information Session #2

Friday, May 26

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. PDT 

Whatcom County Civic Center 

The Garden Level Conference Room 

322 North Commercial Street 

Bellingham, WA