Thompson: Deadline Approaches for Military Academy Applications

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson reminded high school students in the 5th Congressional District that the deadline for applying to receive a nomination to a U.S. military academy is less than a month away.

“High school seniors should be aware that the Academy Nomination Application deadline is Oct. 1,” said Thompson. “We are still accepting new applicants and they still have time to complete a file for nomination and to apply at the various academies. However, just like other college applications, once the deadline is reached, applicants must look to 2011 for another opportunity.”

Thompson’s Web site  has all the information on the application process under the title of “services,” including an on-line application.

The basic requirements for applying for a nomination are: the candidate must be at least 17 years old but not have passed his or her 23rd birthday; must be a U.S. citizen; must be unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents; must reside within the boundaries of the 5th Congressional District of Pennsylvania; and must be able to meet the medical, physical and academic requirements of the academies.

“The military academies offer an amazing educational experience and the opportunity to serve our country,” said Thompson. “Nominating young men and women to the academies is one of the distinct privileges of my position and I approach the job with pride and diligence.”

The four academies that accept nominations through U.S. government representatives are: the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. The remaining U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut accepts candidates based on its own testing criteria.

If there are questions not answered on the Thompson Web site, applicants can call 814-353-0215 and ask for the Academy Coordinator, Susan Gurekovich.

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