Weekly Message from Doc
Military Academy Nominations: An Opportunity for Students to Serve
It goes without saying that our nation owes a debt of gratitude to all the active duty members of our military and the veterans who have served throughout our country’s history. Thanks is due to the extraordinary men and women called to serve our country. The safety of the American people and the very freedoms and values that the United States was founded on has been preserved for the last 237 years because of their hard work and patriotism. In order to ensure our military remains the best in the world, we must continue to enroll the highest caliber individuals in our nation’s military academies each year.
As your Representative in Congress, I’m honored to have the opportunity each year to nominate Central Washington students to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.
The military academies offer students a first class education and the opportunity to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. Admission to these highly selective service academies also includes a full four-year scholarship, which covers tuition, room and board, medical care, and a monthly salary. Students graduating from the academies will do so as military officers, and must agree to serve our country in the military for at least five years after graduation.
It is an honor for me to assist local students in this way as they pursue their education and career goals. Not only are military academies a tremendous chance to earn a four-year degree, but the career opportunities provided are invaluable. In addition to countless distinguished military careers, notable alumni have gone on to win Olympic gold medals, serve in Congress, become Presidents of the United States, and even reach beyond earth’s outer limits as astronauts.
All high school students who are interested in learning more about applying to attend a Service Academy are encouraged to visit the “Need Help” section of my website at www.hastings.house.gov to review the requirements and download an online application. For additional information or questions about service academy nominations, please call Sara Schwan in my Tri-Cities office at (509) 543-9396. All congressional applications must be received in my office by November 1, 2013 to be considered.