Rep. Jason Smith said he is accepting applications from students for nomination to U.S. service academies.

As a member of Congress, Smith is able to make nominations for military branches, including the, Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Merchant Marine Academy.

“Attending a service academy can be a life-changing experience. Students get a world class education and assume a leadership role in the military upon graduation,” said Smith. “Service academies attract the best and brightest young people from across the country and I am honored to be able to nominate students from right here in southeast and south central Missouri who are committed to protecting, preserving and defending our nation’s freedom.”

Young people interested in a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements for admission to a service academy:

•At least 17 years old .

•United States citizen .

•Unmarried, not pregnant and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

Students interested in a nomination should contact Heather Kamps in Smith’s West Plains’ office at 417-255-1515 or heather.kamps@mail.house.gov. The deadline for nomination applications to Smith’s office is Oct. 31.

For additional instructions and frequently asked questions, visit Smith’s website at https://jasonsmith.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations.

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