Highland News Leader

Shimkus accepting applications for military academies

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 summer 2016 admission.

“As the school year begins, many students are thinking about what’s next. 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,” Shimkus said.

To be eligible for appointment, you must be a United States citizen; at least 17 and not more than 23 years of age on July 1, 2016; unmarried; not pregnant; have no dependents; and a legal resident of the 15th Congressional District of Illinois.

Applications are accepted for the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.; U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.

Students interested in applying may go to Shimkus’ website. Completed applications have to be received no later than Nov. 6, 2015, or they will not be considered. More information is available by calling the Congressman’s Maryville office at (618) 288-7190.