Congressman Ron Estes, R-Kansas, is reminding constituents today that applications from students in the 4th District of Kansas to be nominated for a service academy are due Oct. 1.

Every year members of Congress can nominate up to 10 candidates for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies: the U.S. Military Academy, in West Point, N.Y.; the U.S. Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Md.; the U.S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, in Kings Point, N.Y. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, in New London, Conn., does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.

“It’s an honor to meet with the high caliber of candidates who apply to be nominated to a service academy,” Estes said. “I encourage students with an interest in serving our country and the eagerness to take the next step in their educational journey to apply for one of these coveted spots.”

Students from the 4th District who apply will be interviewed by a panel of local community leaders in November at Estes’ Wichita District Office. Their interview will be followed by a one-on-one meeting with Estes. Academies make the final selection for appointments based on additional evaluations.

Students interested should review candidate requirements and apply online at by Oct. 1. Questions about the nominating process should be directed to Estes at (316) 262-8992.

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