Gabbard accepting nominations for military academies until Oct. 31

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U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced today that she is currently accepting nomination request letters from individuals in Hawaii’s Second Congressional District to the U.S. military academies for the classes entering in the summer of 2014. Applicants can request a nomination form at The deadline for completed files is Oct. 31.

The military academies include: Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.; West Point Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.; Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.; Coast Guard Academy admissions are based on a nationwide competition and do not require congressional nominations.

Potential candidates must have reached their 17th birthday and not passed their 23rd birthday on July 1 of the year they would enter the academy; be a U.S. citizen; have graduated from high school; be unmarried; have taken the ACT or SAT; and meet the stringent entrance requirements of their preferred academy. Although formal nominations will not be made until Jan. 2014, all applications are due by Oct. 31. Applications can be submitted to: John Towles, Office of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 5-104, Honolulu, HI, 96850. Constituents may also call the congresswoman’s Honolulu office at 541-1986 for additional information.