Berry Accepting Academy Applications for Class of 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Representative Marion Berry  (D-AR, 1st) announced today that his office is now accepting applications from qualified men and women for admission to the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
“America’s service academies are known for their outstanding reputation educating our country’s top leaders,” said Berry.  “I could not be more proud of these young people who are interested in dedicating their lives to service.  I encourage all students who are interested to apply for a nomination to one of our country’s most prestigious academic institutions.”

To be eligible for admission with the class of 2014, a candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a high school graduate, unmarried with no dependents, at least 17 years of age but not older than 23 on July 1, 2010 and nominated by a member of Congress from their home state.

The admission process for the service academies is very competitive and highly selective. Emphasis is placed on leadership skills and community involvement in addition to grade-point average, class rank, standardized test scores and physical fitness.

Applications are currently being accepted for the class of 2014, which will begin at each of the academies in the summer of 2010. Those interested in being nominated should send written notification of their interest to Representative Berry’s Cabot Office at 112 South First Street, Cabot, Arkansas 72023. Applicants should also open a pre-candidate file with the academy to which they are applying by contacting the academy’s admission office.

“Every year I have the honor of nominating Arkansas’ finest students for the privilege of attending one of our country’s elite academies,” Berry said. “Admission to our nation’s service academies is reserved for only the best students, which is why I look forward to seeing the graduates from our state lead our nation to great successes in the future.”

Representative Berry will send an application package to all eligible students who send written notification of their interest in the military academies. Applicants must complete and return the package to Representative Berry’s office by November 20th to be considered for admissions with the class of 2014.