By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Monday Night, September 19, at 6:00 PM US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) will host a US Service Academy Information Night. Representatives from the US Military Academy, US Naval Academy, US Air Force Academy, US Merchant Marine Academy, and the US Coast Guard Academy will be present, along with representatives from Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama. In addition to interacting with representatives from the academies, interested students and parents will have the opportunity to hear about the Congressional nomination process.
Congressman Palmer wrote, “Every year I have the honor and privilege of nominating outstanding students from the Sixth District of Alabama for an appointment to our nation’s service academies. Receiving an appointment to a service academy is a competitive process with each academy having an acceptance rate of less than 20 percent.”
Rep. Palmer said that, “In order for a student to apply to attend a service academy, the student must receive a nomination from a Congressman, Senator, the Vice President or the President. The service academies include the United States Military Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
On Monday Congressman Gary Palmer and US Service Academy representatives are inviting high school students and their parents in the 6th Congressional District who are interested in applying for a US Service Academy. The event will be at the Vestavia Hills City Hall at 1032 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 from 6:00-7:00PM.
Event registration is not required; however, for specific questions parents/students may contact Margaret Kloess at (205) 968-1290 or [email protected]
In 2016, eleven students from the Sixth Congressional District received service academy appointments.
For more information on the application and nomination process for Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District visit the district website.