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Himes Encourages Norwalk Students To Apply To Military Academies

U.S. Rep Jim Himes is encouraging Fairfield County students to apply to military academies.
U.S. Rep Jim Himes is encouraging Fairfield County students to apply to military academies. Photo Credit: Contributed

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Dear Friends,

One of my favorite duties as a member of Congress is nominating the best and brightest young men and women of Connecticut’s 4th District to our nation’s service academies. I invite any highly motivated, well-rounded, successful student to consider applying to these prestigious schools. Our nation’s service academies develop students physically, ethically and intellectually as they build the foundation for a challenging and rewarding career as a military officer.

The deadline to apply for a nomination from my office to the Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy in Annapolis, the Merchant Marine Academy in New York, or the Air Force Academy in Colorado for the 2014 school year is Dec. 2. The Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut does not require a nomination, but if you are applying to the Coast Guard Academy and would like to be considered for a nomination, please submit your materials by the Dec. 2 deadline.

To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, an applicant must receive a nomination from an authorized person, such as a member of Congress. I may nominate applicants who legally reside within the boundaries of Connecticut's 4th Congressional District. Applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • Over 17 years old but not have passed their 23rd birthday;
  • U.S. citizen;
  • Unmarried;
  • Not pregnant;
  • Have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

Interested applicants should download this application packet to start the process . Remember, the completed application is due to my office by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

More information on the five service academies and the nomination process is available here. Please call 866-453-0028 with any questions.

If you are a student applying for admission, thank you for your willingness to serve your country. I look forward to learning more about you. If you are someone who works with young people, I hope you will share this information with potential applicants.


Jim Himes

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