Thornberry’s Office Hosts Military Academy Forum

Members of 13th district congressman Mac Thornberry’s office were in town today to help students interested in serving our country, and getting a top-notch education.

The annual event was for those students interested in attending one of the United States Service Academies.

“The academy forums are held every spring. Mac wants to make sure that students and their parents know about everything that the service academies offer,” Deputy District Director of Mac Thornberry’s office Paul Simpson says.

The forums are designed for potential nominees in their junior and senior year of high school who are interested in applying for one of the United States Service Academies.

“He can have five people from his district at each of the academies at one time and so you have to have as nomination to get in,” Simpson says. 

U.S. senators, the vice president and president can also nominate students as well he says.

West Point Military Academy representatives, as well as the U.S. Naval Academy and Army ROTC were all present to share with the interested students.

“They learn about what day to day life is like at the academies what it takes to get in and what the summers are. Summers are different if you’re a cadet or a mid-shipman,” Simpson says. 

Simpson says this event is something Thornberry’s and his staff look forward to each year.

“As chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, congressman Thornberry knows how important it is to have well educated officers in our military and so that’s one reason that this is very important to him,” Simpson says. 

Students who are interested in applying for one of the academies for the Fall of 2016 must do so by December of 2015.

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