Thompson: Now Accepting Nominations to U.S. Military Academies

May 15, 2009

Washington, DC—U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson today announced he is accepting academy nomination applications to the U.S. Military Academies for 2010.

“Each year I have the privilege of nominating a limited number of people to four of the five service academies.   Those selected must fulfill a five-year obligation to serve in the military once they graduate from one of the academies,” explained Thompson.

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.

“Helping young men and women on their chosen path of serving in our U.S. military is an honor and a privilege,” said Thompson.  “The caliber of students we have applying continues to amaze me and their dedication to serving this country makes me proud to be a part of the process.”

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.

Information on how to apply to an academy is located on Thompson’s website:  www.thompson.house.gov  under “services.”  Additional academy questions may be answered by calling (814) 353-0215 and ask for Academy Coordinator.

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