WARWICK, RI – On Saturday, May 6, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse
will host a U.S. Military Service Academy Day for high school students from schools
across the state. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Community
College of Rhode Island (CCRI) in Warwick.

This informational seminar is open to all high school students and their parents who
are interested in learning about the requirements and procedures for seeking a
Congressional nomination and obtaining an appointment to one of the United States
Service Academies.

“Attending West Point was a tremendous honor, and I am proud to nominate outstanding
young Rhode Islanders for admission to our nation’s service academies. Academy Day
helps inform interested Rhode Island students about the opportunities available and
familiarizes them with the application and nomination process,” said Reed, who was
nominated for an appointment to the United States Military Academy by Senator John
O. Pastore and graduated from West Point in 1971. Reed serves as the Ranking Member
of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“Our nation’s service academies allow students to obtain a great education while
serving our country,” said Whitehouse. “It’s my honor each year to host Service
Academy Day with Senator Reed to provide Rhode Island students with a chance to
learn more about these exceptional institutions. I encourage all interested
students and their families to attend.”

Representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Merchant Marine, Coast Guard
academies, along with ROTC spokesmen from Providence College and the University of
Rhode Island, will be on hand to answer questions and distribute information about
their respective programs. In addition, Senators Reed and Whitehouse will discuss
procedures for seeking a Congressional nomination from each of their respective
offices.

Students wishing to attend service academies must meet high academic and physical
standards. Applicants must be legal Rhode Island residents and United States
citizens, at least 17 years of age, with no children or other legal dependents.
Students attending the service academies are on active duty starting the day they
enter an academy.

For those interested in attending a Service Academy starting in the 2018-2019
academic year, the application deadline for a nomination is October 15, 2017.