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There are several different starting points to serving your country! 
Explore what path might be the best for you.
Talk to your School Counselor or Mrs. Jackson with questions!

Service Academies

United States Service Academies require that applicants:

  • Be at least 17 years old but not have passed your 23rd birthday as of July 1st of the year of acceptance.

  • Be a U.S. citizen on the day of admission.

  • Be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no obligation to support children or other dependents.

  • Be in good health and physical condition (the academies require a physical before acceptance).

If you are considering applying to a service academy, please be sure to see your School Counselor to discuss the application process and timeline. 
For academy specific questions, please use the contacts listed below.


                                                      Barry Davis, Blue & Gold Officer;


                                                      CPT Stephan

                                                      Young Lee, Col US Army;


                                                       Justin Raines, Maj, USAF Admissions Liaison Officer;


                                                       Bradley Nelson, LT;



                                                        Chuck Wheeler, LT, USMS;



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Service Academy Nominations
In addition to regular college admissions requirements and items listed above, candidates for U.S. Service academies must receive a congressional letter of recommendation (nomination). 
Nomination options for Severna Park High School students are listed below. 

IMPORTANT:  Please find your representative using your home address.  Most SPHS students' U.S. Representative will be John Sarbanes (District 3) but it will differ if you live outside of District 3.  It is the student's responsibility to confirm.  
Use the LOOKUP tab on Maryland General Assembly website. 

U.S. Senator
Chris Van Hollen

All application materials must be
RECEIVED (not postmarked) by

5:00 p.m. 

September 28, 2023.

U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin

All application materials must be RECEIVED (not postmarked) by
5:00 p.m. 

November 2nd,  2023.

U.S. Congressional Representative
John Sarbanes (District 3)

All application materials must be RECEIVED (not postmarked) by

October 13, 2023.


Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) 

ROTC is a great way to serve our country and get help with paying for school. 
Check out the links below to find an ROTC program at a school you are interested in.

ROTC Overview


Marine Corps ROTC
Air Force ROTC  

Additional Information

USNA Blue Gold Officer  INFO SESSION March '23


Summer Seminar Video (for H.S. rising seniors):

Summer STEM video (H.S. rising freshman, sophomores, and juniors):

Plebe Summer Video from Summer 2022:

USNA Full Admissions Officer Brief:

West Point & ROTC Info Session 10/21/22
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