Faleomavaega looking for a few good men and women

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Congressman Faleomavaega is currently accepting applications for Congressional nominations to fill vacancies at service academies.

There is currently one vacancy for an American Samoan at the U.S. Air Force Academy (http://www.usaf.edu/) in Colorado Springs, Colorado and one vacancy at the U.S. Naval Academy ( http://www.usna.edu/) in Annapolis, Maryland for the class entering the academies next summer. 

He is also accepting applications for Congressional nominations to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy ( http://www.usmma.edu/) which is located in Kings Point, New York. 

The deadline for accepting requests for nominations this year is Monday, December 31, 2012.

At this time, with the exception of the Merchant Marine Academy which can sometimes accept more midshipmen, provided there are vacancies in the national pool, by law, American Samoa is only permitted to have two cadets/midshipmen at any one of the academies at any given time.  As such, American Samoa’s two slots at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, are currently filled until 2014. 

Applicants interested in applying to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, must apply directly to the Coast Guard Academy since it has its own application process, which does not require a nomination from a Member of Congress.  Interested applicants may obtain more information about the Coast Guard Academy’s application process and deadline by visiting its online site at  http://www.cga.edu.

To meet the high qualifying standards set forth by the academies, Faleomavaega requires applicants to have a minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) combined verbal and math score of 1,000 or an American College Test (ACT) score of 25 for English, 27 for Math, 26 for Reading, and 26 for Science Reasoning.  Please keep in mind that these scores do not automatically qualify an applicant for admission.  The final decision as to whether or not an applicant will be offered an appointment or admission will made by the academies. For this reason, it is recommended that all applicants take the SAT and/or ACT more than once if they believe they can improve their test scores.

Candidates who are successful in gaining admission to one of the service academies, which are ranked among the top rated educational institutions in the United States, can look forward to being challenged academically and physically.  They will also receive a four-year education which ranges in value from $350,000 to $500,000, and the opportunity to serve their country as an officer in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Source:  Media release, Faleomavaega’s office


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