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Congressman John Shimkus (R, Ill.-19) has announced his nominations to the four military service academies.
The congressman must nominate individuals, and the academies then make the final determination whether a nominee receives an appointment to attend that academy.
“The academies look for leadership, scholarship, and physical qualities that make a person well-rounded and able to cope with the unique academic and physical requirements of attending one of these historic schools,” Shimkus said.
“As a West Point graduate and former recruiter myself, I am very proud of these young men and women for considering an academy for their college choice and am grateful for the honor of being able to make these nominations.”
The four military academies are: U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.; U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.; U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.; and United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.
“After graduating from an academy, the soldier is then required to serve a minimum military commitment of five years active duty,” Shimkus said.
High school juniors, college students or current members of the military who are residents of the 19th District and wish to attend one of the academies in 2013 should request a nomination packet by writing to Shimkus at: 240 Regency Centre, Collinsville, Ill. 62234.
Those packets with complete requirements will be sent out in late summer. Potential nominees complete applications with the congressman’s office and each individual academy.