Considering attending a service academy?


Since the United States Military Academy first opened its doors in West Point, New York in 1802, service academies have provided young people with the incredible opportunity to obtain an exceptional education, and to serve their country. As a Brigadier General in the Army National Guard, I am extremely proud of the students who make the courageous choice to join the tradition of military service by attending one of these schools.

If you, or someone you know, is considering seeking an appointment to the U.S. Military, Naval, Merchant Marine, or Air Force Academy, the time to begin the process is now. In addition to the standard application processes typical to most colleges and universities, prospective students must also seek a nomination from a Senator, the Vice President, the President, or a Congressional Representative, such as myself. The Congressional authority to nominate outstanding high school students from Ohio’s 15th District to service academies is a special source of pride for me. These young men and women are among the best and brightest and I am continuously impressed by the accomplished applicants each year.

There are some basic requirements: applicants seeking my nomination must be citizens of the United States and of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District who are at least 17 years of age, but have not yet reached their 23rd birthday by July 1, 2017. Additionally, qualified applicants will not have been married or be under any legal obligation to support a child. Most importantly, these men and women have excellent moral character. They are emotionally stable, trustworthy, motivated and have a drive to serve a purpose bigger than themselves – protecting the freedom, liberty, and traditions of our great nation.

If you fulfill these requirements, the next step is to submit an Application Request Form to my office by Friday, September 22, 2017. Application packages will then be distributed and must be returned by Friday, October 20, 2017. These applications are designed to determine academic and athletic achievement, community involvement, and leadership experience. Based on these qualities, the 15th Congressional District Academy Review Board will interview applicants and make nomination recommendations in November.

This is an extensive process, because attending one of the service academies is both an honor, and a responsibility. And I know that there are exemplary students in the 15th District who are up to the task.

If you have any further questions about the nomination process, I encourage you to contact Branden Meyer in my Lancaster office at (740) 654-2654 or visit my website at, and click on the “Service Academy” tab.

Steve Stivers is a member of Congress from Ohio’s 15th Congressional District.

By Congressman Steve Stivers

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