Nominations sought for U.S. service academies

Nominations sought for U.S. service academies Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) has announced that his office is now accepting applications to the nation's five service academies.

"Each year, I am asked to nominate the best and brightest young South Dakotans for consideration for admission to the United States service academies (Air Force, Military, Navy and Merchant Marine). Though it is not an easy task, it is one of my favorite responsibilities as a senator. I am always impressed by the high caliber of young people that our state always produces.

"Wonderful opportunities await those who are nominated," said Johnson. "The United States services academies offer excellent education and leadership programs. These institutions produce our nation's pilots, physicists, navigators, engineers and astronauts. I look forward to seeing this year's crop of nominees."

Johnson says to be eligible, young men and women of good character, who are between the ages of 17 but not past 22 on July 1 of the year they would be admitted, must fulfill strict requirements in academics, physical aptitude, medical fitness, character, and leadership potential.

Each academy has its own methods for determining a candidates qualifications for admission but encourages every interested young South Dakotan to apply.

Johnson encourages any young South Dakotan interested in applying to one of the five service academies to visit his Web site at and look under the "Constituent Services" section to download an application.

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