Congressman John Shimkus, who represents the local 15th District, is now accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the United States military academies. 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. 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,” Shimkus stated.
To be eligible for appointment, you must be a United States citizen; at least 17 and not more than 23 years of age 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, Colorado; U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.
Students interested in applying may go to https://shimkus.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations. Completed applications have to be received no later than November 6, 2015, 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 actually 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 added. “There are several steps in this process, and applications must be filed with both my office and online with the individual academies.”