MARYVILLE — Congressman John Shimkus (R-15th District) is accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the U.S. military academies.
High school seniors, college students, and anyone interested should apply now for 2017 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.”
To be eligible for a nomination, a candidate must be an American citizen, at least age 17 and no older than 23 on July 1, not married, under no legal obligation to support a child, and a legal resident of the 15th 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 may apply for a nomination at shimkus.house.gov/services/academy.
Completed applications must be received no later than Nov. 1 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, but academy officials make the final selection regarding admission. Those accepted into an academy will be notified in early 2017.
“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.”