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Thornberry to Host U.S. Service Academy Forum in Amarillo
By Karl Wehmhoener | firstname.lastname@example.org
AMARILLO -- This Saturday, the office of U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) will host the 13th Districts annual Service Academy Forum for high school students interested in pursuing an education at a United States service academy.
The free event will take place at the Amarillo Public Librarys Southwest Branch from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
This forum is designed for potential nominees in their junior or senior year of high school. However, all local students of any age, parents, and counselors are invited to attend. No R.S.V.P. is required.
To be eligible to attend an academy, students must be at least 17 years old but not have passed their 23rd birthday by the entry date; must be a United States citizen; unmarried; and, have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.
"Nominating students to a service academy is one of the highest privileges I have in Congress," said Thornberry, who serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. "We owe the deepest gratitude to the brave men and women who serve to protect our freedoms, and I applaud each and every student for their desire to answer this worthy calling."
At the event, representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), and the U.S. Naval Academy, will provide details on appointment procedures, daily life at the academies, and post-graduate military commitments, as well as answer any specific questions from the audience.
Each applicant must receive a nomination from a Member of Congress in order to be considered. As a Member of Congress, Rep. Thornberry is allowed to nominate a limited number of students for each service academy per year.
Applications for nominations must be submitted to the Congressmans Amarillo office by December 1 of a students senior year. After reviewing the congressional nominations and student applications, the service academies will make final selections and offers of appointment in the spring.
Accepted nominees will receive a free education, including tuition and room and board, in return for an agreement to serve as an officer in the military for a minimum of five years after graduation.