Do you have what it takes to make the leap to the nation’s most elite military academies?
Western Riverside County high school students interested in applying to one of the nation’s five federal military academies will have an opportunity tonight to speak directly with officials from each institution.
Members of Rep. Ken Calvert’s staff will be hosting the 24th annual Academy Night at Ortega High School in Lake Elsinore.
The event will be open to youths and their families who reside within the 42nd congressional district, which encompasses Canyon Lake, Corona, Eastvale, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Norco, Wildomar and part of Temecula.
According to Calvert’s office, there will be presentations by officials from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, the Naval Academy and West Point.
The Republican congressman’s staff will be available to discuss the nomination process and what he looks for in candidates seeking admission.
Each member of Congress can nominate 10 prospects to attend an academy, excluding the Coast Guard Academy, which does not require congressional sponsorship. Students must be juniors or seniors before they can apply.
Every year Congressman Calvert has the opportunity to nominate ten candidates per vacancy at each Academy (no Congressional nomination is needed for the United States Coast Guard Academy). Candidates should apply for nomination and admission simultaneously in the spring of their Junior year of high school.
Congressman Calvert’s nominations are made on a strictly competitive basis. Therefore, he has established an Academy Nominations Selection Committee that will determine nominations based solely on the candidate’s qualifications. Candidates are judged on their scholastic achievements, leadership performance, athletic participation, community service, and motivation.
If you wish to be considered a nomination to a Service Academy, please contact the District Office at (951) 277-0042. The deadline for applications is November 1st of each year. If November 1st falls on a weekend, the deadline is moved up to the previous Friday. You can download the Service Academy nomination form by clicking HERE. In addition to completing the nomination form, you MUST contact my Service Academy Coordinator, Jackie Lansing, at (951) 277-0042 to discuss the additional components of the Service Academy nomination process.
In the meantime you are encouraged to access further information about the Academies:
United States Military Academy (West Point)
United States Naval Academy (Annapolis)
United States Air Force Academy
United States Merchant Marine Academy
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
More information is available here: Calvert Website for Constituent Services .
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016 — 6 p.m. at Ortega High School, Conference Center, 520 Chaney St.