The Office of Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-16th District) will host a Service Academy Information Session on Saturday for students and parents interested in learning more about America’s military academies, requirements for admission, and the congressional nomination process. The session will feature representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. A current West Point cadet will also be at the session to share his experiences from the U.S. Military Academy.
“This Service Academy Information Session will be a fantastic opportunity for students to not only receive information about the nomination process for our nation’s service academies, but also learn how to increase their chances, ultimately, for an appointment,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “I have had the privilege of nominating students who have excelled in their respective service academies and are currently receiving world-class educations. These cadets and midshipmen will be the future leaders of the American military.”
For a student to be considered for admission to a U.S. Service Academy he or she must receive a nomination from their Congressman, Senator, or the Vice President. Nominees are evaluated based on their applications, test scores, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, specific requirements of each U.S. service academy, and individual interviews with Kinzinger. After nominations are submitted by Kinzinger each service academy selects which students receive an appointment to attend. Attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to service in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.
The Information Session is free and open to students, parents, and counselors and will be held from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday in the Northern Illinois University Holmes Student Center’s Skyroom, located at 340 Carroll Avenue in DeKalb.