I am pleased to announce our office is now accepting applications from students in Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District to be nominated for the 2011 United States Service Academies. As your Congressman, I have the honor of nominating young men and women from the Third Congressional District to attend our nation’s service academies each year. I am encouraging students to apply for this opportunity to get a first-rate education and serve our country by attending a service academy.
Each academy offers a free college education at a highly-ranked, nationally-recognized institution while preparing them for an officer’s commission in one of the branches of the armed forces. There are four service academies that require a congressional nomination, including the Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, the Military Academy at West Point, and the Naval Academy. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, does not require a Congressional nomination.
To obtain a nomination, students must be between the ages of 17 and 23, a U.S. citizen at the time you enter the academy, unmarried with no legal obligation to support a child or dependent, and a legal resident of the Third Congressional District of Oklahoma. The deadline for accepting applications is October 31, 2011, and personal interviews will be held on November 19, 2011. I think this is a great opportunity for young Oklahomans, and I will look forward to announcing the nominees at the end of this year.
If you have more questions about this process or are interested in applying, please contact Lynne Hill in my Canadian County Office at (405) 373-1958, or you can visit my Web site at /service-academy-nominations.