TEMECULA  – College-bound Temecula Valley residents who have an interest in attending one of the nation’s federal military academies were urged today to submit applications to the office of Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Temecula, for consideration.

The deadline for submission is Oct. 21, and any pending or recent high school graduate who resides in Issa’s 50th congressional district was invited to file an application.

“It is a great honor to nominate esteemed young men and women to attend the U.S. military service academies,” Issa said. “These students will be the leaders of tomorrow who answer the call of their country and volunteer to stand in service to America.”
In a separate statement, the congressman lamented findings that the U.S. Army had missed its 2021-22 fiscal year recruiting target by 25%. He said that the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy only appeared to meet their targets by drawing on pools of “delayed entry program recruits.”

Issa blamed the Biden administration’s policies, including the COVID vaccine mandates for each military branch, which is being challenged in federal lawsuits, for the shortfalls. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby earlier this year characterized the COVID shot as a “valid military readiness requirement.”

Congressional representatives each year are permitted to nominate 10 prospects to attend four of the five service academies, which are the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, the Naval Academy, and the Army’s West Point. The Coast Guard Academy does not require a nomination, only an application.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 17 and no more than 23 years old, as well as unmarried and have no child support obligations.

Nomination applications are available by emailing, academy.CA50@mail.house.gov.
Information regarding the vetting process can be found at https://issa.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations.
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