Congressman Adam Kinzinger's office will host a service academy information session Saturday, May 5, at Northern Illinois University’s Holmes Student Center.
This informational event is for students and parents interested in learning more about America’s military academies, the requirements for admission and the Congressional nomination process.
Several U.S. service academy representatives will be present at the event to answer specific questions and share their experiences from the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Additionally, representatives of Kinzinger's office will be available to explain the Congressional nomination process.
“This service academy information session is a fantastic opportunity for students and parents to better understand the process and learn about the appointment possibilities," Kinzinger said in a press statement.
“I encourage all students of the 16th District who are interested and wish to further their education through service to attend this information session on May 5. As a former U.S. Air Force pilot and current major in the National Guard, I am truly humbled to represent and soon recommend the future leaders of the American military.”
In order for a student to be considered for admission to a U.S. service academy, he or she must receive a nomination from either their congressman, senator or the vice president.
Potential nominees are evaluated based on their applications, test scores, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, the specific requirements of each U.S. service academy and individual interviews with Kinzinger.
After nominations are submitted by the congressman, each service academy selects which students will receive an appointment to attend. Attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.
The Service Academy Day is a free and open event for students, parents, teachers and counselors. The session is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon in the University Suite of the Holmes Student Center on the NIU campus.