October 28th, 2016
U.S. Representative Long’s “Short Report 10/28/16”
Each year I have the honor of proposing a slate of names of men and women of Missouri’s 7th Congressional District who I think would be a great asset to one of the five United States Military Academies: The U.S. Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy and Coast Guard Academy. However, this process can be confusing.
First, if either a man or women wants to be interviewed for the process, he or she must first visit their Representative’s or Senator’s website and visit the section where it explains the requirements as well as the process to apply for academy nominations. Though each office has their own specific deadlines, the military academies each have their own deadlines as well. That’s important to note when wanting to apply.
Each applicant must be at least 17 years of age by July 1 of the year of admission, but still not have passed their 23rd birthday. The applicant must also be a United States citizen, unmarried, not pregnant and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.
If you are eligible, then you may apply.
Though the deadline this year has passed, which was October 14, I encourage individuals to prepare and start the application process early.
If interested, an applicant must contact my office in Springfield to ask to receive the application packet for the process or download it online and print it off. Once receiving the packet, the applicant would fill it out and return it to the office by the application deadline.
Each applicant will be interviewed by a board I convene of local Missouri 7 Congressional District community leaders and from there I will decide who I would like to submit as part of my slate to each of the academies. That is usually done by the end of December.
During the time between the interviews and the submitting of slates, that is where the process can be a little confusing for the applicants. Each Congressman is allowed 5 students per academy. That includes an entering freshman and a leaving senior. Though I submit a slate of up to 10 individuals that does not mean each is nominated. The academy will choose a nominee based on the slate I have submitted.
The process is both competitive and sometimes confusing, but those who are nominated have the opportunity to be part of some of the most prestigious post-secondary institutions in the world.
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