MARYVILLE — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Illinois) is accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending a U.S. military academy.
High school seniors, college students and anyone interested should apply now for summer 2016 admission.
“As the school year begins, many students are thinking about what’s next,” Shimkus said. “As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, I am eager to provide information and assistance with nominations to the military academies.”
Applicants must be U.S. citizens; at least 17 and not older than 23 on July 1, 2016; unmarried; not pregnant; have no dependents; and a legal resident of the 15th Congressional District of Illinois.
Applications are accepted for the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.; U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.
Students interested in applying may go to https://shimkus.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations. Completed applications have to be received no later than Nov. 6 or they will not be considered. More information is available by calling the congressman’s Maryville office at (618) 288-7190.
Shimkus nominates to the academies; however, academy officials make the final selection regarding admission. Those accepted into an academy will be notified in early 2016.
“I encourage young men and women with any level of interest to contact us now,” Shimkus said. “There are several steps in this process, and applications must be filed with both my office and online with the individual academies.”