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Academy Update
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice

big events ahead

August 29th: 2020 Service Academy Day @ GMC:
Don’t miss this important event! Join me at Georgia Military College for Academy Day – an annual event that brings together representatives from all five service academies. This is an important opportunity to ask questions as you embark on an exciting journey to serve as a commissioned officer in the United States Armed Forces. Click here for all the details.

October 23rd: Deadline for Nomination Applications
If you have the dream in your heart and the fire in your soul to serve your nation as an officer in the U.S. Armed Forces, please remember that the deadline for applying for a nomination from my office to the U.S. Service Academies is Friday, October 23rd. Click here to download the application. For more information, visit my website.

Typical TaskS
Junior Year:
• Between December and February, inquire or sign up for a Summer Seminar at your desired academy; 
• During the months of February and March, schedule the SAT and/or ACT Standardized Test to be taken in May and/or June; 
• Through April and May, contact the service academy admissions office for application information. Keep in mind, students may apply and be nominated to more than one academy. Please go to my website for an online application to get started; and
• In August, schedule a medical exam with the DoDMERB (Department of Defense Medical Review Board). After a preliminary screening by the academy, students will receive information about scheduling an appointment with the DoDMERB. Schedule the appointment early because many students will require medical waivers, which can take several months to complete. All candidates must be found medically qualified before admittance to an academy.

Senior Year:
• In the fall, complete and submit your nomination applications to all nominating sources. Please note that the application due dates can vary from office to office and year to year; 
• Also in the fall, take the Candidate Fitness Assessment; 
• For those selected for a Congressional interview, my office notifies students regarding the time and place for a personal meeting with my Academy Review Board. Nominations are announced during the month of January; and 
• In the spring, candidates start to receive letters directly from the academies notifying them of their admission statuses and offers of appointment.
An Incredible Journey Awaits You  
One of my favorite responsibilities is helping students attend a United States Service Academy. These institutions are designed to equip, train, and inspire the next generation of military officers. If you – or a student you know – has a desire to serve in the United States Armed Forces, consider pursing appointment to one of America’s service academies: 

·      The United States Military Academy (USMA)
·      The United States Naval Academy (USNA)
·      The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA)
·      The United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA)
·      The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA)

Students who earn an appointment to one of these prestigious institutions receive a world-class education with room and board, pay, and exclusive benefits and training. What’s more, they become commissioned officers immediately upon graduation.

But first, they must receive a nomination from at least one member of their state's Congressional Delegation, the Vice President, or the President of the United States. Students seeking my nomination should visit my website to access the application and learn more about the nomination process.

Click here to watch a special message for those of you who are interested in pursuing this worthy goal. 

 Save the Date for Academy Day
I am pleased to announce that on Saturday, August 29th I will host my annual Service Academy Day at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville. Join me for this important event that brings together representatives from the United States Military, Naval, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and Air Force academies. To register, send an email to GA10Noms@mail.house.gov by Tuesday, August 25th.

Last year’s event was a great success with students in grades eight through twelve engaging with representatives, asking questions about the application process, and learning more about the requirements for admittance.  

Here’s what one student, Margaret Curran, had to say who went on to receive an academy appointment: “I wanted to thank you and Honorable Jody Hice for today's Academy Day. I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions about the nomination process. I am looking forward to corresponding with you in the upcoming weeks while I complete the nomination packet.”  Margaret is now a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Congratulations, Maggie!
Congrats to Our Grads!

It’s amazing to think that my first nominees – the students who received appointments in 2016 – are now graduating from the U.S. Service Academies. I cannot express how extremely proud we are of their commitment, tenacity, and courage.  From the depths of my heart, congratulations to all our academy graduates! On behalf of Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, we salute you.

Here are what a couple of these brand new military officers had to say about their experiences at these prestigious academic institutions:

2nd Lt. (U.S. Army) Calli McMullen

“Going to West Point has offered me the best experiences of my life. I think the best thing about my experience was that I grew to be a more confident leader that valued selfless service and mentorship, and I surpassed my own goals and expectations. I am currently a commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army (that feels so great to say after all these years). I am set to begin my Basic Officer Leader course in a few weeks, and following that, I will join the 35th Signal Brigade at Fort Bragg, NC. As a signal officer, I will be working within the communications technology field, and I am so excited to explore the Army and my job.”

Words of Wisdom:

“For high school students who are interested in seeking a Service Academy, I offer that they never limit themselves. As someone who currently owns eight United States Military Academy track and field records and more wins than I can count, I challenge high school students to believe in themselves and pursue their goals, even when other people don't believe in them.” 

To read more about Calli McMullen’s athletic experience at West Point, click here.

2nd Lt. (U.S. Army) Chris Anderson

“I was very honored and blessed to be nominated by Congressman Hice to the United States Military Academy. It was a wonderful experience to attend the Academy, and it did a wonderful job of preparing me to be an Army Officer. My most memorable experience at the Academy is definitely the night where everyone received their branch assignments. I was honored to receive Infantry as my branch. I did receive a commission and report to Fort Benning in August for my initial infantry training, and then will go to Fort Campbell as my first duty assignment.”

Words of Wisdom:

“For high school students aspiring to attend a service academy, I would encourage them to practice leading others in any opportunity possible, but also practice being a good team player. As a member of the armed forces, you must be prepared to make sacrifices for the betterment of the team.”

If you’re a past nominee, we would love to hear from you.  Please send an email to GA10Noms@mail.house.gov with your photos, updates, and accomplishments.

Celebrity Send-Off

To those who have earned an appointment this year and are just beginning to embark on their journey, we wish you all the best! Please enjoy this special send-off message from a few prominent friends, including Marcus Luttrell, Chuck Norris, Governor Brian Kemp.

Click here to view this special message for the Class of 2024.