According to a press release for Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-5th Congressional District), members of the United States Congress are now accepting applications for Military Service Academy Nominations for the 2020 school year.

The four U.S. military service academies include the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY.

“It is an honor to nominate the very best candidates to represent Colorado’s 5th Congressional District and attend our service academies,” said Lamborn in a statement. “Our selection process is rigorous and lends itself to finding the best men and women to serve our great nation. I urge the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors in our district to encourage potential candidates to consider the possibilities and opportunities that come with a career of service and patriotism.”

The press release clarifies eligibility as “Candidates must be citizens of the U.S. at time of enrollment; not married, pregnant, nor have a legal obligation to support a child or children; be at least 17 but not yet 23 years old on July 1 of the year admitted. Candidates may be nominated for vacancies during the year preceding the day of admission, which occurs in late June or early July. The best time to apply is during the spring of the junior year in high school.”

The application and more information can be found on Congressman Lamborn’s official website at The press release notes that “Completed applications should be mailed or delivered in-person to the District office: 1125 Kelly Johnson Blvd. Suite 330, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.”