2012-06-01 / Community

Turner Taking ServiceAcademyApplications

Congressman Bob Turner announced on Wednesday that the application process for Fall 2013 service academy nominations has begun.

“One of the great privileges as a congressman is having the opportunity to nominate young men and women from the 9th Congressional District to our nation’s service academies. I encourage all those interested in applying to a service academy and building a foundation for an exciting career as an officer in our military to begin the process by sending in an application to my office,” Turner said.

A congressional nomination is required for students wishing to enter the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. In order to be considered for a congressional nomination, students must submit the following documents to one of the congressman’s district offices no later than October 31, 2012: a current photo; application form – which can be found at bobturner.house.gov (click the serving you tab at the top of the page and then military academy nominations); three letters of recommendation; high school transcript; ACT or SAT test results; and an essay, no more than 500 words, stating why the student wishes to attend a service academy. In order to confirm which Congressional district a student lives in, he or she can go to www.house.gov.

Successful applicants should have a broad academic background, the ability to pass a physical aptitude test, and strong leadership potential. An applicant must also be a U.S. citizen, a high school graduate between the ages of 17 and 23, unmarried, have no dependents, and be of high moral character. Acceptance of a service academy appointment requires at least a nineyear service obligation, including four years at an academy and five years of active duty service.

“It is a great honor to nominate young men and women of such high caliber who wish to make a commitment to our nation’s military and to their future. These men and women will become the leaders of tomorrow,” Turner said.

For this upcoming fall, a total of five applicants from the 9th Congressional District received appointments. Three to the U.S Naval Academy, one to the U.S. Air Force Academy, and one to the U.S Military Academy at West Point.

If potential applicants have additional questions, they should contact Michael Tracey in the Congressman’s office at 718-934-0672.

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