Davis accepting applications for military academies

Davis accepting applications for military academies

CHAMPAIGN — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, is accepting applications from 13th Congressional District residents interested in attending a U.S. military academy.

To be considered for appointment all applicants must be: a U.S. citizen; a legal resident of the 13th District; at least 17 but not more than 23 years of age on July 1, 2014; single; and have no dependents.

It is recommended that applicants contact the academy or academies of their choice to request a pre-candidate questionnaire, which is the first step in the admission office's evaluation.

For more information or to obtain an application packet, visit http://www.rodneydavis.house.gov or contact Davis' Champaign office at 2004 Fox Drive in Champaign, 403-4690.

The deadline for submitting applications to Davis' office is Nov. 1. Final nominees will be selected based on their high school record, ACT or SAT scores, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, essay responses and an interview. Nominees will be announced in December.

For more information or to obtain an application packet, visit http://www.rodneydavis.house.gov or contact Davis' Champaign office at 2004 Fox Drive in Champaign, 217.403.4690.

Members of Congress can nominate candidates to the service academies each year, and the number of vacancies for each congressional district is determined by law. Candidates can be considered for openings at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs; and the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.

"As a member of Congress," said Davis, "I have the privilege of nominating constituents to our nation's service academies. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military upon graduation, so I applaud our area's young men and women who are considering a service academy and look forward to assisting them along the way."

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