Linder taking applications for service academy

LAWRENCEVILLE - U.S. Rep. John Linder, R-Duluth, is accepting applications from high school seniors residing in the 7th Congressional District who are interested in attending a service academy.

The applicants will be considered for a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.; the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.; and the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the smallest of the five service academies, does not require a congressional nomination for admission.

Each applicant competing for a nomination from Linder must meet the following requirements as of July 1 of the year of admission to a service academy:

· Be at least 17 years old but younger than 23 years old.

· Be a U.S. citizen residing in the 7th Congressional District of Georgia.

· Be unmarried, not pregnant and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.

· Be a person of good moral character who is trustworthy, emotionally stable and motivated.

All students interested in being considered for a nomination should complete an application packet and file all required information with Linder's district office by 5 p.m. Friday. After the applications are reviewed qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview in the first week of November.

For more information regarding the nomination process, call Annie Valenty in the district office at 770-232-3005, ext. 11.