Coast Guard admissions are based on a nationwide competition, with no congressional nominations. Potential candidates must have reached their 17th birthday and not be past their 23rd birthday on July 1 of the year they would enter the academy; be a U.S. citizen; have graduated from high school; be unmarried; have taken the ACT and/or SAT test, and meet the stringent entrance requirements of their preferred academy. The selection of nominees is based upon a whole-person evaluation. Although nominations will not be made until January 2013, all interested persons are encouraged to submit their written requests as soon as possible. Closing date for completed files is Dec. 1. Please be advised that a congressional nomination does not guarantee acceptance into the academy.
Contact Joe Bonomo at 312-886-0481 in Congressman Lipinski's Chicago office for more information.