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Armed Forces Academies applications due

Merced, CA / Bilingual Weekly

Applications by those seeking a congressional nomination to a U.S. military academy are due by Friday, November 12, 2010, the office of Congressman Dennis Cardoza announced this week.

Each member of Congress is allowed a total of five appointees to each service academy —for each vacancy, U.S. Congressmen can nominate 10 individuals.

The academies include U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point in New York.

Tuition for students is fully funded by the government in exchange for an active duty service obligation upon graduation. Academic programs grant a Bachelor of Science degree with a curriculum that grades student’ performance upon a broad academic spectrum, military leadership performance, and mandatory participation in competitive athletics.

The Naval Academy commission graduates to the Navy, Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard.

The Air Force Academy is among the most selective colleges in the United States —Forbes Magazine recently ranked the Academy the #2 public college in the United States— and requires a strong GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

The United States Merchant Marine Academy (also known as USMMA ) trains officers in marine engineering, navigation, ship’s administration, maritime law, personnel management, international law, customs, and many other subjects important to the task of running a large ship.

For more information or an application, please contact Lisa Mantarro Moore with Congressman Cardoza’s staff at (209) 527-1914

She may also be reached by e-mail at Lisa.Mantarro@mail.house.gov. Applications and instructions may also be found online by visiting the Academy Nominations section of U.S. Representative Cardoza’s website.

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