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Applications open for U.S. service academies

Aug. 15, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

MARIETTA, Ohio -- The office of U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, is accepting applications from high school students and young adults who are interested in seeking a nomination to the United States service academies for 2014 admission.

"One of the highest privileges a young man or woman can experience is attending one of the United States' military service academies," Johnson said in a news release. "This nomination process is also one of my most important responsibilities as your representative to Congress, and the process of selecting future leaders who embody the best of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio is a duty I take very seriously."

Johnson entered the U.S. Air Force in 1973, and retired as a lieutenant colonel after a military career of more than 26 years.

"My career in the Air Force and the core values we lived by -- Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do -- helped shape my life and affirmed my belief in all that makes America great. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve, and I look forward to meeting all of this year's candidates."

All completed applications must be received in Johnson's Cambridge District Office by Tuesday, Oct. 15; applicants may apply for a nomination to all service academies in which they are interested. Candidates must be at least 17 years old and not have passed their 23rd birthday on July 1 of the year of admission (2014), and live within the 6th Congressional District, which includes Lawrence County.

All candidates who submit a complete application will be notified of an interview date and time by Nov. 1. Applicants are reviewed and evaluated by the non-partisan, volunteer 6th Congressional District Service Academy Nomination Board. Applicants still must meet the requirements of each individual service academy; each academy will then make the final decision on who receives an appointment of admission.

For more information, please visit Johnson's website, billjohnson.house.gov, or contact his Academy Coordinator at the Cambridge District Office at 740-432-2366.