October 18, 2013

Deadline Approaching for U.S. Military Academy Applications

November 30 is the deadline for applications to arrive in Congressional Offices

Washington, D.C. - With the government shutdown now concluded, Members of Idaho's Congressional Delegation are reminding Idahoans that the deadline for submitting applications for U.S. Academy Nominations is just over a month away. High school seniors and parents interested in attending an academy should submit completed application packetsby November 30, 2013.   The unfortunate shutdown forced the cancellation of an Academy Nomination Open House in Boise, but the application deadline remains in place.  Application information is available at the Delegation members' websites or by calling the state offices.

As authorized by law, U.S. Senators and Congressmen have the honor each year of nominating deserving young women and men to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado; the U.S. Military Academy, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy, Maryland; and the Merchant Marine Academy, New York.  Acceptance into these academies provides students with a tuition-free, four-year undergraduate education, valued at approximately $400,000.  Graduates have jobs after graduation, as they are commissioned as officers and spend a minimum of five years on duty.  Additionally, their education and training make them competitive for graduate programs and future jobs.

The application deadline is November 30, 2013.  In addition to the short application, an essay, three letters of recommendation, ACT/SAT scores, a transcript and class rank at the end of the applicant's junior year of high school, and a completed principal/guidance counselor form are required.  Applicants are also encouraged to apply to all offices involved in academy nominations, including both of your U.S. Senators, your U.S. Representative and the Vice President.  Offices require that the application and complete packet must be in by November 30 th of the applicant's senior year of high school.  High school graduates who are seventeen years old, but not yet twenty-three, can apply by July 1 of the year they would enter an academy.  

More information can be obtained by contacting Idaho Delegation staff:

Karen Roetter, (Senator Mike Crapo), (208) 664-5490

Tim Petersen Fulton, (Senator Jim Risch), (208) 342-7985

Linda Culver, (Congressman Mike Simpson), (208) 734-7219

Lisa Anderson, (Congressman Raùl Labrador), (208) 888-3188

You may access each delegation member's website through the following links:  https://www.crapo.senate.gov/; http://www.risch.senate.gov/; http://www.simpson.house.gov/; and http://www.labrador.house.gov/.

A nomination does not guarantee acceptance into an academy.  It is the first step in the process.  Applicants will be notified in mid-December if they receive a nomination, but the individual academies make the decisions about actual acceptances.  Those completing a nomination application must also open a file with the academies.