MARYVILLE -- Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is now accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the United States military academies. High school seniors, college students, and anyone interested should apply now for 2018 admission.

“As the school year begins, many high school seniors are thinking about their future. As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, I am eager to provide information and assistance with nominations to the military academies,” said Shimkus.

To be eligible for a nomination, a candidate must be an American citizen, at least 17 years old and no more than 23 years old on July 1, 2018, not married, under no legal obligation to support a child, and a legal resident of the 15th District of Illinois.

Applications are accepted for the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado; U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Acceptance of a service academy appointment requires at least a nine-year service obligation, which includes four years at the academy and five years of active duty service.

Students should complete the application available online at shimkus.house.gov/services/academy and return it by Nov. 1, 2017, to the Congressman’s Maryville district office. More information is available by calling 618-288-7190.

Shimkus nominates to the academies; however, academy officials make the final selection regarding admission. A separate application must be made to each academy a nominee is interested in.

“I encourage young men and women with any level of interest to contact us now,” Shimkus added. “There are no fees to apply to the academies and no commitment is necessary at this time.”

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