If you are looking to apply to one of the four military academies, now is the time to get those applications in to your congressman.
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (3rd) announced that his office is currently accepting nomination request letters from interest applicants in the 3rd Congressional District looking for admittance into one of the U.S. Service Academies for the classes entering in the summer of 2014.The U.S. service academies are Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., West Point Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.
If you are applying to the Coast Guard Academy, a congressional letter is not needed.
In order to be considered, you must have reached your 17th birthday and not passed their 23rd birthday on July 1 of the year they would enter the academy. You must also be a United States citizen, have graduated from high school, be unmarried, have taken the ACT and/or SAT test and of course meet the other specific requirements of your particular service academy.
Nominations are not made until January comes rolling around, however the congressman's office says that the earlier you get in your requests the better.
The final deadline is Dec. 2 and nomination requests can be submitted to Joe Bonomo in Rep. Lipinski’s Chicago office at 6245 S. Archer Ave., Chicago, Ill., 60638. The phone number is (312) 886-0481 should you have any questions.