Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced today nominations for 52 young Coloradans to attend one of the nation's service academies. The nominees were selected through a competitive application and interview process and represent a cross-section of the state's most outstanding high school students.
"One of the best parts of my job as senator is nominating young Coloradans for a spot in our service academies," Bennet said. "This group of outstanding young people have excelled in academics, have demonstrated strong character and leadership ability, and are eager to take on the mantle of leadership in our country's military. They truly are the best our state has to offer. I know they will do their families and our state proud."
Selected from an applicant pool of about 350, 17 students were nominated for the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs; 18 were nominated for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York; 9 were nominated for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; and 5 were nominated for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. Two students were nominated for both the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Military Academy, and one student was nominated for the Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy.
A nomination from a member of Congress or the president or vice-president is a requirement for admission to the service academies. More information on how to apply for a nomination may be found on Bennet's website. Upon graduation, the students become second lieutenants or ensigns and must serve a minimum term of active duty with their chosen branch, followed by an additional commitment to the Reserves.