By: Press Release
By: Press Release

FROM: Congressman Terry Everett
2312 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2901

For the last 15 years, I have accepted applications from high school students in southeast Alabama for appointments to the four United States military academies.

Since my service in Congress will end this year, I am announcing that I am setting an early deadline of October 17, 2008 to receive applications.

This advanced deadline is necessary to ensure that all applications are processed before my term of office expires.

The four military academies provide a level of education and preparation for life that are without equal and thus appointments to these institutions are highly coveted and very competitive.

As a member of Congress, I am allowed to nominate a fixed number of young people from southeast Alabama each year to the service academies.

As we head into fall, I now am seeking applications from eligible Alabama young men and women who will be high school seniors during the 2008/2009 school year.

The U.S. military academies desire a broad geographical distribution of cadets and midshipmen.

This is achieved through the congressional nomination and appointment process, which assigns a certain number of vacancies at each academy to every congressional district.

The process of applying to the military academies begins in high school, in the spring of the junior year or the fall of the senior year.

At that time, students may contact my congressional office, expressing interest in The United States Military Academy at West Point, The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, or the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.

Often, many young people have not made a final choice among academies, so they apply simultaneously to all four. (The Coast Guard Academy does not fall under these guidelines, so candidates apply directly to that academy.)

Academy rules require that I only consider legal residents of the Second Congressional District of Alabama.

Those who live outside the Second District should contact their own congressman.

Candidates are also eligible to apply to their two U.S. Senators for a nomination and must follow their particular guidelines for application.

Those who have a parent who is active military are also eligible to apply to the President's and Vice President's office for a nomination.

When I receive a candidate's letter, I respond with application materials describing my office's guidelines, as well as information cards to be filled out and returned to each desired academy.

From then until my deadline of October 17, 2008 the young person must submit all required information, i.e. grades, letters of recommendation, test scores and a biography. Simultaneously, they must also send each academy its own required application materials.

After my files are closed, I review the applications and select the candidates I will nominate.

I consider grades, school activities, physical aptitude, and ACT & SAT scores in making my selections. I then submit a slate of up to ten nominees per vacancy at each academy. It is important to note that the nomination is only the first step towards entrance to an academy. Once a candidate is nominated, his or her name is then submitted to an academy for consideration for an appointment.

Only after a candidate receives an appointment from an academy does he or she become part of the entering class.

FROM: Congressman Terry Everett
2312 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2901
For Release: August 25, 2008

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