2022 Military Service Academy Appointments


Congressman Jerry Carl

One of the best parts of my job is nominating young men and women each year for appointments to one of our country’s five military service academies. Whether it is the Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, the Merchant Navy Academy, the Military Academy (West Point) or the Naval Academy, every senator or U.S. Representative may have a maximum of five cadets or midshipmen at each service academy assigned to his or her office at any one time. A maximum of ten candidates can be nominated for each vacancy, and I strive to have one vacancy at each academy each year.
Getting an appointment – ​​and ultimately an appointment – ​​to one of our service academies is no easy task. Initial eligibility requirements are that applicants be of good character, demonstrate leadership skills (athletics, student body, scouting, church, etc.), and have a strong academic record. Every year, I submit my nomination to the academy, and the academy will conduct physical and medical examinations. Candidates are then ranked by the academy in order of merit, and the most qualified receive an offer of appointment to fill the vacancy. Nomination offers are usually made in April, before admission to the academy in June or July.
This year, we had six top candidates from Alabama’s First Congressional District who received Academy nominations. I couldn’t be more excited for these students.
Hayden Ward, an Augustine Scholar at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, was appointed to the Naval Academy, the Military Academy and the Air Force Academy. She has accepted her appointment to the United States Air Force Academy Class of 2026.
Owen Williams, a graduate of Fairhope High School, has committed to the Coast Guard Academy (the Coast Guard Academy does not take appointments).
Another Fairhope High School student, Glenn Patrick, received an appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy.
William Jameson attends St. Paul’s Catholic School and has received appointments to the Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy.
Clark Turner, a native of Mobile and a student at UMS-Wright Preparatory School, has been appointed to the Naval Academy, where he plans to fulfill his lifelong dream of flying F-18s from aircraft carriers.
Warren Stephens is a graduate of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School and is currently enrolled at Georgia Military College, where he is a Naval Academy Foundation Scholar. He looks forward to becoming an F-18 Super Hornet pilot when he enters the United States Naval Academy’s Class of 2026.
Christopher Garden currently attends Alma Bryant High School and has received offers from the Air Force Academy and the Military Academy. He chose to follow in his brother’s footsteps and attend the Air Force Academy.
Our future is bright with these bright, talented and capable students. Please join me in congratulating them!


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